What do you call a group of some forty former band directors, professional
musicians, and a few dedicated amateurs with over 2000 years of experience?
Simple –The Villages Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a group dedicated to performing at the highest level of achievement we can reach while challenging ourselves to continually improve. We play a wide range of musical genres from “high-brow” to “toe-tapping”
in a variety of keys and time signatures rated from moderate to the most difficult.
Behind the name: From an article about the conception of the Eastman Wind
Ensemble. In 1952, the idea for a new, smaller type of symphonic band occurred
to Frederick Fennell: scaling the typical concert band down to the size of the
wind section of a symphony orchestra, allowing for greater clarity and better
intonation. He recruited nearly 40 players for this in May 1952, explaining,
“I chose the best students in the school, the best solo performers, and the
best ensemble players.” That is what this group strives to be – “The Best”!
Each year about 100 volunteer musicians from the Bands of the Villages combine their talents to produce a rousing musical celebration of our great nation. The rehearsals for the concert are shared by conductors John Stranges and Jean Butler. Shortly before the event, they will pass the baton to Maestro Anthony J. Maillo to direct the band.
Guest conductor Maillo is a nationally acclaimed musician who publicly
says he can not live without music. The maestro is a professor of music at George Mason’s Dewberry School of Music. He is quoted as saying ,“It (music) is essential to my mental and physical well-being” and “sharing it with others is a gift and a blessing”. Professor Maillo has made many appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles and presenting clinics, lectures and workshops.
The highlights of this year’s concert include “America the Beautiful”,
“Hymn to the Fallen”, “Band of Brothers”, and other favorite patriotic classics such as the “Armed Forces Salute”. When their service song is played, those with military careers are invited to rise to their feet and be recognized. In anticipation, those who desire are invited to wear caps signifying their branch of service.
A large portion of proceeds from the concert will go to the Fisher House located on the campus of Tampa’s Veterans’ hospital. The hotel facility is where families of hospitalized veterans are able to stay free of charge.
The Tampa Veterans hospital is designated as one of several of their
trauma centers. This means the hospital treats some of the most severely injured active duty and veteran patients in the country.
Put on your red, white, and blue and join us to enjoy the band’s annual patriotic concert tradition - The $20.00 tickets are available through the Entertainment Box Offices or via The Villages Box Office Online. The online source makes it possible for Villages residents and non-residents to order tickets anytime and anywhere! Concert tickets can be accessed at www.thevillagesentertainment.com.
The Villages Concert Band
is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the
funds from all concerts.
Jean Butler, the conductor
of The Villages Concert
Band has built a great musical organization here
in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested
in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?
Jean Butler at email@example.com
Attendance Policy for playing a Concert
As we continue grow
in quality of performance
and quantity of members
it is imperative to have full attendance at rehearsals.
We all know that there are very good reasons why people are not able to attend every rehearsal
and those reasons are respected; however, the following guidelines have been established to insure the highest level of performance that we