By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW
Band-O-Rama is this Saturday night, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.
The Pagosa Springs Community Band is gearing up for this concert, which features our three middle school and two high school bands, as well as our own band. Each band will perform individually and then comes the grand finale in which all the bands join together for one final piece.
This concert is the Pagosa Springs Community Band’s way of supporting instrumental music education in our community. Admission to this concert is free. Donations will be accepted with gratitude and will be shared equally amongst the Community Band and the middle school and high school music departments.
Dan Burch, director of music education at the high school, will be directing his concert band and jazz band.
The jazz band is planning to perform “River City Blues” and “Drummin’ Man,” both entertaining pieces that will set your toes tapping. “Drummin’ Man” was written and performed by Gene Krupa, an iconic American jazz and big band drummer who is considered the founding father of the modern drum set. Krupa eventually lead his own band and was a flamboyant showman who brought the drum solo into its own during the 1930s and 1940s with a career that spanned from the late 1920s until his death in 1973.
The high school concert band will…
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