Band to present spectacular Pops Concert May 3
Local audiences will want to arrive early for the Pine City Band’s annual Pops Concert. The event is less than a month away and promises musical fireworks that will feature a remarkable variety of music and talents from area students – and a special guest saxophonist that will have audiences humming “Georgia on My Mind” for weeks thereafter.
The bands will be joined by Twin Cities-based professional saxophonist Terry Peffer, who will perform with both the Concert Band and Jazz One. Peffer is a freelance jazz musician who will “bring the house down,” says director Brad Mariska. According to the conductor, Peffer recently rehearsed with the band and “blew us all away.” Mariska continued, “this is such a great opportunity for our local students to not only hear a professional musician up close, but to collaborate with him in a very direct way. And for Pine City audiences, who will get to hear all of this for free.” This is the second year Pine City has had a professional soloist appear at the Band Pops. This year, Peffer’s appearance is being sponsored entirely by Eckroth Music.
The evening will feature Jazz One and the Senior High Concert Band, along with small ensembles like the percussion section playing “Talkin’ Trash” using only buckets and garbage cans. The Concert Band will play favorites from movies and television shows of the past, including the themes from “Jurassic Park” and “Hogan’s Heroes.” They will also play pop classics like “Funkytown” and the Michael Jackson standard “Thriller.” Jazz One will play get audiences swinging with the Benny Goodman big band number “Sing, Sing, Sing,” while also exploring contemporary classics like Michael Buble’s “Everything,” featuring vocal soloist Nicole Sebastian.
The Band Pops takes place on Monday, May 3 and is a free concert. The event starts at 7:30 but audiences are encouraged to arrive early for best seats. The Choir Pops will be held on May 13.