Imagine hearing an electrifying up-tempo rendition of a traditional New Orleans street band piece called Just a Closer Walk with Thee being performed by a group of band members playing a piccolo, flutes, oboe, clarinets, bassoon, saxophones, trumpets, french horn, trombones, baritones, tubas, and percussion instruments.
The combination of all of these instruments made this song come musically alive while I sat delighted in the front row at the Willmar Educational Art Center listening to The Prairie Winds Concert Band in Willmar, Minnesota.
It was a Veteran’s Day concert being held to honor several veterans in the audience for their service to our country. The concert lasted about an hour with several wonderful selections. Another one of my favorites, that actually brought tears to my eyes, was the spiritual song Amazing Grace.
I want to personally thank our journalist friend, Ashley White for inviting me. Ashley interviewed Gavin and myself in 2010 and again in 2011 with extremely well written zestful articles, Friends Till the End and Oceans Apart Long Time Pen Pals Bridge Distance To Meet for the First Time. These articles are still receiving praises not only in America but also in Europe.
I enjoyed viewing and hearing Ashley’s diverse talents yesterday while she played her flute with perfection. Bravo to Ashley and the whole band! It was my first time to hear this concert band perform and I was impressed. I would like to encourage them to put on a Christmas concert next year. I would gladly be in the first row to listen and tap my toes to every beat!
Make it a great Monday. Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,