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Joint concert enchants ASU audience

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Snappy, patriotic and upbeat tunes emanated from 50 polished U.S. Marine Corps musicians. Stylistic, smooth and dynamic melodies were sent from the instruments of the ASU Symphonic Band. In a joint concert held April 14 in the ACAD Auditorium on the ASU campus, more than 100 Albany-based musicians used more than 20 different instruments to produce sounds that charmed a crowd of nearly 200 in an unforgettable show of musical skill.

“This was a great music program,” said Loretta Shelton, an educator at Westover High School who added that she enjoyed the program from start to finish. “This is something you can’t get every day in Southwest Georgia. It was spiritual, relaxing and totally enjoyable.”

The Marine Band performed a one-hour show, which was followed by a 20-minute intermission before the ASU Symphonic Band’s performance. Included in the Marines’ one-hour performance was an upbeat ten-minute segment of popular music by an eight-man ensemble led by Staff Sergeant Stephen Talbot. That group’s performance of “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller and “Getaway” by Earth, Wind and Fire got the crowd moving and was a big highlight in a night of many.

The Albany State University Symphonic Band and the Albany Marine Band of the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command have performed in this joint concert for nine years.

Robin Calhoun, a first-grade teacher at Cox Elementary School in Moultrie, Ga., said the annual joint concert at ASU is a performance that she will not miss.

“I’ve been attending this concert for four years, and it is a must-see event for me,” Calhoun said. “It also doesn’t hurt that my son plays in the ASU band. After working hard all day, I drove here from Moultrie without getting dinner, just to see this show. That tells you how much I wanted to attend this concert.”

The ASU Symphonic Band, consisting of about 60 musicians, is conducted by Dr. Michael Martin and Jesse Walker. One of several instrumental ensembles in the Department of Fine Arts, the ASU Symphonic Band performed “Punchinello” by Alfred Reed, “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance, Irish tune from “County Derry and Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger, “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi, March Medley: “The Vanished Army” by Kenneth Alford and “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore.

The Albany Marine Band was led by Chief Warrant Officer Christian Flores, director in charge, Fresno, Ca.; Master Gunnery Sergeant Jeffery Fangman, bandmaster, Chatham, Ill.; Gunnery Sergeant Gary Robison, enlisted conductor, Evansville, Ind.; and Staff Sergeant Stephen Talbot, small ensemble leader, Huntington, NY.

In addition to “In the Mood” and “Getaway”, the Albany Marine Band performed the National Anthem, “The Thunderer” by John P. Sousa, “Freedom’s Shield” by Julie Giroux, “Fantasy on American Sailing Songs” by Clare Grundman, “Taps” by Thomas Knox, “There She Stands” by Michael W. Smith, “America the Beautiful” by Carmen Dragon and “Apotheosis” by Sammy Nestico.


Caption 1: The Albany Marine Band conducted by Chief Warrant Officer Christian Flores, charms the audience at ASU in the 9th Annual ASU Department of Fine Arts Joint Concert with the ASU Symphonic Band on April 14 in the ACAD Auditorium.

Caption 2: The Albany Marine Band’s Eight-Man Brass Ensemble led by Staff Sergeant Talbot (third from left) gets ASU students and guest grooving to the beat with Glenn Miller’s classic “In the Mood” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Getaway.”

Caption 3: The Albany State University Symphonic Band performs “Punchinello” by Alfred Reed under the direction of Dr. Michael Martin.


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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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