The Band Camp for Adult Musicians holds its Gala Concert today at 7 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus. The concert is free and no reservations are required.
The 58 campers for Week II have traveled from states ranging from New Hampshire in the northeast, Florida in the southeast and California in the west. All the campers have come to Meadville because they are attracted by the quality of the band music to be played, the fine instruction received from a remarkable staff, and the privilege of playing for an outstanding conductor, organizers say. Campers also return because the camp has become a family and each year’s edition is similar to a family reunion.
Returning as the conductor of the Week II Concert Band is Col. Timothy Foley, USMC, who retired in July 2004 as the director of the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) in Washington, D.C. Foley served in March 2009 as guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band at Allegheny College.
Instead of an individual soloist for this concert, an entire section of the band will be featured. The clarinet section will play “The Pie in the Face Polka” by Henry Mancini. The “Polka” was originally composed for use in the 1955 motion picture “The Great Race” starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood. “The Pie in the Face Polka” is from the final raucous scene of the slapstick comedy.
Mancini, who grew up in Aliquippa, was one of America’s leading composers of light music in the 20th century. He wrote the scores for many motion pictures and TV shows, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Peter Gunn” and “The Pink Panther.”
The remainder of the program will be taken from the works that the Band Camp will play throughout the week, a mix of overtures, transcriptions, original works for band, lighter numbers and marches — including marches by the most well-known of the directors of the U.S. Marine Band, John Philip Sousa.
n More information: Call the Office of Conference and Events at 332-3101.