Cowboy Fantasy followed. It too was played in quadruple mater. It started with a trumpet solo which lead into a soft flute introduction. The tempo was fast and the dynamics were ever changing. We were given trumpet and horn solos along with crisp snare drum rolls. After the middle section slowed the tempo picked up with a western feel and the arrangement ending in Home on the Range.
Light Calvary Overture which was played in quadruple meter was the last selection played before intermission. This featured a loud trumpet intro. As with the other selections the dynamics and tempo were ever changing. After a loud strong start the middle was soft and slow and the end was loud and much faster.
The Childrens March: Washington Post March was played after the fifteen minute intermission. Once again the ensemble was conducted by Randy Davis. This was a march played in duple meter with a constant tempo. The dynamics were bold and remained that way the entire time. There was a strong military feel.
Next we were entertained with a 1930s piece, Benny Goodman: The King of Swing. This arrangement which was played in quadruple meter had a strong jazzy feel. The tempo started out moderate then slowed greatly. The ever changing dynamics matched the tempo. When the tempo slowed the instruments played very softly and as the tempo increased so did the volume of the instruments playing. Ed Winstons clarinet solo was the focal point of the entire selection.
The National Emblem March, which was played in duple meter came next. This piece went from piano to forte. There were large accents throughout from the trumpets, flutes, trombones and saxophones.
The next song was God Bless the USA. This featured a vocal soloist, John Baldwin. The band played quietly in the background to accompany the soloist. The volume of the instruments was controlled greatly even thru the transitions. The vocalist was never overpower View More »