Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2001

Community band looks for notable musicians

May 31, 2001

Eudora Community Band director Rob Foster said he wants to make music an essential part of the city's summertime culture.

Foster will direct the band for the second year and said he hopes to have more than 30 participants this year. He added that the first rehearsal will take place Monday, June 4, 6:30-8 p.m. inside the Eudora High band room. Additional rehearsals will take place every Monday.

Band membership is open to anyone, but Foster said he strongly recommends that a person have experience with a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument.

"Last year we had everyone from sixth graders to retired people, as well as semi-professional and professional people in the Community Band," Foster said. "It was a neat mix of people."

With four or five rehearsal sessions before the first concert, Foster said he wants to provide a challenge for the more experienced musicians while giving younger band members something that will not be extremely difficult. He said he encourages younger musicians to attend more rehearsals but also said that he is very flexible concerning the inability to attend a rehearsal.

The band will play at the fireworks display July 4 at EHS and the CPA Picnic July 21. Foster said the songs will consist of a Wizard of Oz medley, the Ballet Parisien and several patriotic songs such as the 1812 Overture. He also said the songs played at both events will primarily be the same.

Foster said music is something that is very important to people because it can become a lifelong hobby.

"I'm hoping for lots of kids from the high school (to join the community band)," Foster said. "We also need a strong push from the community and some of the veteran band members."

Foster said the music provided by the band is as much a part of the holiday celebration as fireworks.

"The music sets the tone and fires up the crowd," Foster said. " I think it brings a special sense of pride to the community to have our own band of children, business owners and teachers."

Foster is in his second year as a band teacher at Eudora Public Schools. He also directs the band at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.

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