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Mesilla Valley Concert Band

Leora Zeitlin

When David Beasley was preparing to deploy to Iraq with the US Air Force in the mid-2000s, he composed a piece for band that would reflect the three realms in which the Air Force worked: air, space and cyberspace. The piece itself embodied another sphere that has long enjoyed a historic relationship with the military: music. “It goes all the way back to the Bible. You hear about the horns at Jericho,” Beasley told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in an interview at KRWG.

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The Mesilla Valley Concert Band’s final concert of the year will include two works by Alfred Reed, an American composer whom conductor William Clark describes as “a genius with the wind band – everything he does is well-done.” The concert will also feature saxophone soloist Nathaniel Berman in the Concerto for Alta Saxophone by Robert Mucynski, along with works by Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa and a salute to some of the great jazz tunes of the mid-20th century. Clark came by the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the composers and the concert.

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Countless symphonic bands are thriving in towns, cities and schools all over the US, and one of the most prolific composers writing for these ensembles is James Curnow. One of his works will be performed this Sunday by two of the most beloved groups in the region: the Mesilla Valley Concert Band and the El Paso Brass Quintet. Conductor John Schutz and El Paso Brass tuba player James Shearer came to talk with KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about how they procured this out-of-print music, the rise of community bands, and some of the other musical pieces on the program.

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American composer Alfred Reed’s band suite “Othello” is so challenging, evocative and “absolutely delightful” that it becomes “the centerpiece of the concert whether you want it to or not,” quipped Dr. William Clark in a brief conversation about the upcoming concert of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. The ensemble will perform Othello in its entirely, along with works by Roger Nixon, Claude T. Smith, and as always, John Philip Sousa. Dr. Clark talked with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the composers and the concert, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 13.

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They may not have the fabled 76 trombones in their brass section, but the Mesilla Valley Concert Band does have nine, and they will all be featured in the opening concert of the season this weekend. Trombonist and arranger Tom Wildman, who has played with the MVCB for some 25 years, has arranged a version of Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones” for the entire ensemble. He and conductor Dr.

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Conductor Dr. William Clark says he likes to stretch the musicians of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, and their March 1st concert includes a wide range of pieces that will do just that. From Tchaikovsky and Holst to contemporary composers Roger Cichy and Tom Dossett, and, as always, a Sousa march, the concert will showcase the many talents of the ensemble, particularly the trombones – who will play Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones,” transcribed by local trombonist Tom Wildman. Clark came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert.

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“Whatever you do, do it at the highest level,” says conductor Dr. William Clark, recounting advice that he’s been giving students and musicians throughout his career. The conductor of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band returns to the podium this fall to lead the band in a concert featuring music by Robert Russell Bennett, Mark Camphouse, Leonard Bernstein, and as always, John Philip Sousa. Clark joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin to talk about the composers, the unusual pieces he’s chosen by them, and how long it takes to learn a piece before he begins rehearsing the 102-member ensemble.

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Margot Leverett, one of the foremost klezmer clarinetists in the country, has combined the traditional eastern European Jewish music with rock and roll sounds, bluegrass and American folk music. On March 2, she’ll explore a new combination when she performs “Klezmer Fantasy” – arranged specifically for her – with the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. She and MBCB conductor Dr. William Clark came by the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about klezmer music and the genesis of this particular work. Recorded on February 21, 2014.

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American composer Alfred Reed may not be a household name like Beethoven, but his music is played all over the world, including at numerous band concerts here in New Mexico. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Dr. William Clark reflects on some of his favorite music by Alfred Reed, British composer Gordon Jacob, and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, as well some of the skills required in conducting a large wind ensemble. He will conduct music by Reed, Jacob and Scriabin at the December concert of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Recorded on December 10, 2013.

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