Watauga Community Band performs May 1

Article Published: Apr. 28, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Watauga Community Band, under the direction of Bill Winkler, will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University.

Dr. Dawn Perry, ASU alum and the director of bands at Wingate University, will join Winkler on the podium as guest conductor for the Steven Reineke composition, "Pilatus, Mountain of Dragons."

The piece musically describes the Swiss legend of a band of adventurers who climb Mount Pilatus in search of a dragon. After ascending the mountain, all but one are slain by the dragon, who ultimately spares the life of the sole survivor, thereby planting the seeds of compassion and tolerance in the hearts of man.

A new composition by Dr. George Naff will highlight the concert. Naff enjoyed success as a high school and university level band director, most recently as director of the Duke Wind Symphony. He is frequently invited to serve as a guest clinician for various honors and all-state bands and is often found serving as an adjudicator for music festivals.

"Love Song," his most recent work for band, is based on a song he composed in the past and is dedicated to Bill Winkler and the Watauga Community Band. Naff resides in Boone with his wife, Susan, where he serves as the director of congregational care at Boone United Methodist Church.

The program will also include "The Hounds of Spring" by Alfred Reed, arranged by Robert Longfield; "Legend of the Queen Anne's Revenge" by Robert W. Smith; "Tiptoe Through the Tubas" by Joe Burke, arranged by Jerry Brubaker; "Gershwin, A Medley," arranged by Robert Russell Bennet; and "The Klaxon" by Henry Fillmore.

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