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Gateway Concert Band presents spring concerts

The Gateway Concert Band will present its spring concerts, entitled “Come Roam the World with Us!”, on Sunday, March 25th, at 2:00 PM at the White River High School auditorium; and on Monday, March 26th, at 7:15 PM at the Enumclaw High School auditorium.

The concert will feature music from all over the world.  Of note, local trumpet phenom David Schiff will be featured playing the classic showpiece Napoli.  Guest conductor Diana Appler will visit to direct the band in her own arrangement of Mendelssoh’s epic Fingal’s Cave from The Hebrides Suite.  Also, our flute section will play two ensembles, using every kind of flute from bass to piccolo.

There is no admission charge, but a $10 donation is recommended.  For more information or directions, call 360-825-5369 or visit

Some additional information:

The Gateway Concert Band is a community band based in Enumclaw.  It is directed by Jack Prindle.  Formed in March of 1996, it has presented over 200 performances in its sixteen-year history ; all of the band's concerts have been free-of-charge.  The band is open to interested adult and competent high school instrumentalists, without audition.  It rehearses on Monday evenings at Enumclaw Middle School from 7 until 9 P.M.

Specifics on the program:

The program begins with the rousing Rhapsodic Celebration.  Then, we travel to Italy and feature trumpeter David Schiff in a virtuostic setting of an Italian folksong entitled Napoli.  Assistant conductor Todd Frazier leads the band to the German countryside in the poignant Ammerland.    Then, our flute section steps forward to present two quintets: Simple Gifts and Canzona.  It’s off to eastern Europe for the rhythmically tricky Gypsy Dance.  The first part of the concert concludes under the direction of guest conductor Diana Appler, as she leads us to the wind-swept Hebrides Islands off the western coast of Scotland, in her own arrangement of Felix Mendelssohn’s epic tone poem Fingal’s Cave.

The second portion of the concert opens with a striking piece entitled Round ‘n Round.  Assistant conductor Stephanie Magnusson takes us off to Spain with a Paso Doble entitled Fuego del Alma. England, France and Spain are the sites of Mark Williams’ Scenes of Wonder.  Assistant conductor Tim Fleming returns us to Italy with the Grand Italian March entitled Florentiner.  The concert concludes with a visit to Korea in the classic Variations on a Korean Folksong.


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