Our Fifteenth Season!

Brian L. Hughes, Conductor

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 7:30 p.m., 
Eagle Point Park Bandshell

Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 6:30 p.m., 
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


Star-Spangled Banner F. Scott Key,
John Stafford Smith

Alleluia, Laudamus Te - A Celebration Hymn

Alfred Reed
Glorious Victory  W. M. Kendall
American Hymnsong Suite
      III. Scherzo on "Nettleton"
Dwayne S. Milburn
Czardas Andrew Waignein
The Irish Washerwoman, from Irish Suite Leroy Anderson
Polka, from The Bartered Bride Bedrich Smetana,
arr. Gary E. Parks
James Bond Suite  arr. Frank Erickson
Onward-Upward Edwin Franko Goldman
Instant Concert Harold L. Walters


Our Fifteenth Season!

Tri-State Wind Symphony


Before the season began, we asked the players what initially brought them to the Tri-0State Wind Symphony and exactly what keeps bringing them back year after year. A few of the responses appear below.

... I'm challenged to practice more and I grow as a musician. So I keep coming back.

I have enjoyed sitting by my friends in the alto saxophone section. Also, the music is much harder literature than I usually play in high school and such. I enjoy the challenge and love playing music at a higher level.

... I have met some great people and have had fun playing a variety of music, and because Eagle Point Park is the most beautiful spot for outdoor concerts in the area.

I just love playing, it keeps me in practice over the summer. Also, it is the only time I get to see my wonderful conductor!

Looking forward to watching you again taking a ragtag bunch of geekoid musicians, and magically making great music.

Bottom line: It's just so gosh-darn fun!

Here's what keeps me coming back for more...
1) The person on the podium.
2) How the rehearsal is run.
3) The atmosphere of the rehearsal.
4) The literature.

As I get older, I get more nostalgic. Growing up I was one of the few that got tapped to play in a summer band out of Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. It was an honor to be asked to play with the group. I learned so much. It also made me feel special. Playing in this band, I hope that the you8nger players feel that same thing. It's an honor when your music director asks if you want to play and I hope they are learning things and feel special. I love the choices of music we do-- the mixture of tried  and true wind band numbers and new composers. Some of the newer things we have played are deeply moving. And it's fun to put on a FREE performance for folks who might never get to a symphony concert. Or it may inspire someone to try playing an instrument. Too cool! What a privilege to offer that to the community!