Appalachian Symphonic Band performs April 22



Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Compositions by Brian Balmages and David R. Gillingham will be performed by the Appalachian Symphonic Band April 22.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Balmages will conduct the band's performance of his compositions "Fusion" and "Silence Overwhelmed." Guest conductor Elden Moates will direct the ensemble's performance of "Motion" by Balmages.

Scott C. Tobias from Appalachian's Hayes School of Music will conduct Gillingham's work "Concerto for Horn & Symphonic Band," which features horn soloist Karen Robertson, also from the Hayes School of Music faculty.

Tobias also conducts "With Heart & Voice" by Gillingham.

Balmages's works for symphonic band, orchestra and brass have been performed throughout the world, including College Band Directors National Association conferences, the MidWest Clinic and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Currently, Balmages is director of instrumental publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Moates is the facility coordinator for the Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center in Blue Ridge, Ga.

In July 2005, he retired as director of bands at Fannin County High School, where he served for 30 years. Under his direction, the Fannin County High School Bands received numerous awards in marching and concert performance.

Robertson is professor of horn at Appalachian, where she teaches applied horn, high brass methods, and coordinates the coaching for brass chamber music. She has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Symphony of the Mountains, and the Western Piedmont Symphony.

Tobias is associate professor of music and associate director of bands. His responsibilities include courses in conducting and music education, in addition to serving as the director of the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, the Marching Mountaineers and the Basketball Band.

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