Winchendon Winds Inc Winchendon Winds in concert

Saturday, March 16, 2019 -- 4:00 p.m.

Murdock Music Festival

Winchendon Winds returned in 2019 with Conductor James Chesebrough at the podium, joined by Assistant Conductor Rick Anderson. We collaborated with the Murdock Public Schools to produce the first-ever Murdock Music Festival on March 16. We worked closely with the school music instructor, Alyson Galipeau, to bring together 45 singers and instrumentalists from the middle and high schools. The student groups and Winchendon Winds each performed several solo numbers, and then all musicians were brought together for two combined numbers. The Festival was attended by over 100 parents and community residents.

WinWinds' Program:

“Amparita Roca” by Jaime Texidore
“Immovable Do” by Percy Aldridge Grainger
“Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli
“Pines of the Appian Way” by Ottorino Respighi (arr. Antonio d'Elia, ed. Erik Leidzen)
“The Irish Washerwoman” by Leroy Anderson

Massed Band and Chorus:

“America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward (arr. Carmen Dragon)
“Murdock Fight Song” by Dennison Wheelock

Sunday, June 30, 2019 -- 2:00 p.m.

June 30 concert

The remainder of our 2019 series took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon. We opened our 2019 summer season on June 30 to an appreciative crowd of 100 listeners, presenting a program of patriotic favorites entitled “America!” Selections included the Revolutionary War tune Chester and Big Band Spectacular, a “greatest hits” survey of that genre. The audience enjoyed strawberry shortcake on the lawn at intermission.

The Program:

“Star Spangled Banner” by John Stafford Smith (arr. Jon Nicholson)
“American Overture” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins
“Chester” by William Schuman
“Big Band Spectacular” arr. Jack Bullock
“Kentucky, 1800” by Clare Grundman
“Americans We” by Henry Fillmore
“America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward (arr. Carmen Dragon)
“American Salute” by Morton Gould (arr. Philip Lang)
“Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli
“Toy Town March” by David Maker
“Invincible Eagle March” by John Philip Sousa

Sunday, July 7, 2019

On July 7 we performed “Summer Day Themes,” playing a wide variety of classic band music to another crowd cresting 100. Variations of a Shaker Melody riffed on the tune “Simple Gifts,” while Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral showcased the expressive woodwind section. Intermission’s featured dessert was brownies a la mode.

The Program:

“Star Spangled Banner” by John Stafford Smith (arr. Jon Nicholson)
“Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein (arr. Walter Beeler)
“Broadway Spectacular” arr. John Higgins
“Choreography” by Robert Sheldon (click to listen)
“Concerto for a Drum Set” by Larry Neeck - Jonathan Jena, Solo
“Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland
“Basin Street Blues” by Spencer Williams (arr. Paul Jennings) (click to listen)
“Pines of the Appian Way” by Ottorino Respighi (arr. Antonio d'Elia, ed. Erik Leidzen)
“Amparita Roca” by Jaime Texidore
“A Gershwin Portrait” by George Gershwin (arr. John Higgins) (click to listen)
“Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner (arr. Lucien Caillet) (click to listen)
“Florentiner March” by Julius Fucik (arr. John R. Bourgeois)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Our second annual “Veterans’ Tribute” was presented on July 14 to over 120 attendees. We collaborated with local American Legion and VFW organizations to open the concert with a full color guard and national anthem. We performed a variety of patriotic selections and introduced the veterans with “Fanfare for the Common Man.” We personally recognized local veterans by name and branch of service through a roll call. Following the tribute concert, the Ladies' Auxiliary of the American Legion hosted a lawn reception featuring finger sandwiches and desserts.

The Program:

“Star Spangled Banner” by John Stafford Smith (arr. Jon Nicholson)
“Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen, Jr.
“Military Symphony in F” by Francois Joseph Gossec
“Galop” by Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Donald Hunsberger)
“Commando March” by Samuel Barber
“Armed Forces Salute” arr. Bob Lowden
“Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland
“October” by Eric Whitacre
“Moorside March” by Gustav Holst (arr. Gordon Jacob)
“Pines of the Appian Way” by Ottorino Respighi (arr. Antonio d'Elia, ed. Erik Leidzen)
“National Emblem” by E.E. Bagley (click to listen)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Winchendon Winds returned for a third year to open the town’s Fall Festival on October 12, 2019. Due to cool, misty weather, we performed inside the sanctuary to an audience of about 55 attendees with a number more stopping in for 1-2 pieces. Our program reprised some of the most popular pieces performed over the year. The festival enjoyed several thousand attendees.

“Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland
“Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland
“Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli
“Basin Street Blues” by Spencer Williams (arr. Paul Jennings)
“Florentiner March” by Julius Fucik (arr. John R. Bourgeois)
“American Salute” by Morton Gould (arr. Philip Lang)
“National Emblem” by E.E. Bagley
“Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein (arr. Walter Beeler)
“Amparita Roca” by Jaime Texidore
“Toy Town March” by David Maker
“Galop” by Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Donald Hunsberger)
“Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner (arr. Lucien Caillet)
“Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa



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