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Director of Bands Dr. John Oelrich leads the Martin Community Band in playing its second show of the summer series, consisting of circus music.
By Alex Jacobi, Executive Editor
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Martin,TN---On June 13, continuing its summer series, the Martin Community Band gave downtown Martin a 20th century circus experience at Festival Park with the theme, “Circus Life.”
This is the second of four concerts the band plans to give, the next two being “A Star-Spangled Celebration” and “Music from the Stage and Screen.” For this performance, UTM Director of Bands John Oelrich found that a circus theme would be beneficial for both the band and audience.
“Bands were an integral part of circuses, especially early in the 20th century. There is a wealth of wind band music that comes directly from or was inspired by the circus. [I] mostly [chose it] though because the music is fun to listen to and fun to play,” Oelrich said.
Although Oelrich enjoyed all the pieces that evening, he especially enjoyed “Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa” by Boysen, “The Volunteer” by Simon, featuring UTM Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Frye as trombone soloist, and “Cartoon Capers” by Bulla.
“I really enjoyed ‘Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa’ for Boysen's development of Sousa's original melody, ‘The Volunteer’ because it allowed me to collaborate with Joseph Frye as a soloist and ‘Cartoon Capers’ because it is fun music and the musicians really enjoyed it,” Oelrich said.
Unlike the last concert, the band was able to perform at Festival Park this time, which Oelrich thought added to the festivity.