The Central Arizona Concert Band (Joe Cotten/courtesy)
Originally published Friday, April 6, 2018 at 06:02a.m.
The Central Arizona Concert Band is sure to delight Prescott area audiences once again when the band presents its final concert of the 2017-2018 season, Sunday, April 8.
For the occasion, percussionist Dr. Stan Gibb has created the “Onomatopoeic March,” for percussion and band. To refresh your memory from high school English class, an “onomatopoeia” is the word that means a word coined to imitate a sound. Some examples are “meow,” “cuckoo” and “boom.”
Gibb has used this construction to dramatically shift the usual roles of the instruments in the band. In most other band music, the percussion instruments provide the rhythmic accompaniment for the brass and winds. In his composition, however, the brass and wind players put down their instruments and vocalize an array of words to accompany the percussion instruments.
The bass drum is represented by the spoken word “boom.” The snare drum sound is spoken as “rat-a-tat-tat.” A cow bell is sounded as a “clink” or “clank,” and the cymbal is represented by the word “crashhhhhh.”
For this performance, the brass and wind players are divided into two groups, each with a unique speaking part, while the percussion section displays its virtuosity on the usual array of instruments. In addition to the regular players, including Gibb, the section will be joined by the talents of CACB conductor Clydene Dechert while the podium is taken over by Randy Tremper. All in all, this promises to be a fun experience!
Among the highlights included in the program is the “Galop” from “The Comedians,” an orchestral suite by Dimitri Kabalevsky, arguably his most recognized work. This selection features Lynn Drye, principal percussionist with the band, in a solo on the xylophone.
A perennial favorite, “First Suite in E Flat for Military Band,” by Gustav Holst, along with selected works by Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev, John Philip Sousa and others help round out the program.
Gibb came to Prescott after an outstanding career as a music educator in California and Oklahoma. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State College and a Doctor of Musical Arts from North Texas State University.
In his retirement, Gibb performs with his jazz band, with Dave Margheim on guitar in the “David and Stan Duet,” and he writes and arranges music for local church choirs and soloists, as well as for the Central Arizona Concert Band. The band also gives free performances on the courthouse plaza throughout the summer.
Sunday’s concert will be at The Davis Learning Center on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Downbeat is at 3 p.m. Open seating tickets are available at a discount through the website, www.centralarizonaconcertband.com, or at the door. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for students.
The Central Arizona Concert Band is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions support the continued presence of concert band music in Prescott.