April 2, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The John A. Logan College Community Orchestra and Community Band will perform their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. in the JALC conference center.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The orchestra, under the direction of Murphysboro resident Bob Swearingen, a percussionist and long-time musical conductor, will open the show.  The orchestra, comprised of 30 members, will play a selection of light and popular pieces, including “Ol' Man River,” “Shenandoah,” the theme from “The Pink Panther,” themes from "Scheherazade,” numbers from musicals by Gilbert and Sullivan, and more.

“Although I’ve directed the band’s summer concert for several years, I just took over directing the orchestra in mid-January so it’s still pretty new to me,” Swearingen said.  “I chose songs for the concert that were familiar to both me and the musicians since we didn’t have a lot of time to work on them.  I like the program we’ve put together.” 

In addition to conducting the orchestra, Swearingen will play percussion in the band’s portion of the concert.  The 55-piece band is being led by Michael Hanes, director of bands emeritus at Southern Illinois University.

“This is my eighth year directing the band and I really enjoy it,” Hanes said.  “The musicians come from throughout the local area and are wonderful to work with because they play simply for the love of music.”

The band will play a variety of classic and contemporary tunes, including “English Folk Song Suite,” “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo,” John Phillip Sousa's “Washington Post March,” selections from the musical, “Chicago,” and others. 

“The band will be playing a real potpourri of music,” Hanes said.  “We’ll feature a wide range of songs and should have something that appeals to people of all ages and musical tastes.”

Hanes said the band and orchestra are always looking for new members.

“The band practices on Tuesday nights at the college, and the orchestra practices on Thursday nights,” Hanes said.  “We’re open to people of all ages and there’s no cost to join.  Anyone with experience playing a band instrument is welcome.”

For more information on the spring concert, contact the Office of Student Activities & Cultural Events at JALC at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.