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Coda Connections
Columbia Band Fans' Newsletter
Winter 2006

News & Calendar - Winter 2006
Feature - Press Release
Behind the Baton - Holiday Music & Challenging Spring
Fun Stuff - A few words from...
Official CCB Positions - People in Charge
Contact Information


This edition of Coda Connections features our latest press release, plus some director's comments and other fun stuff.

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Happy Holidays!

- Len Morse, Editor

News & Calendar
Winter News
Recap of last quarter:
The Children's Concert went well, despite the change in venue.
What's coming up?
Next Sunday is our annual Winter Concert, with plenty of holiday cheer on tap. Please also watch for announcements about our Spring performance.

Winter Calendar - Concert Band
  Sunday, 12/17, 3:00P.M., River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD


Winter Calendar - Jazz Band
  Sunday, 2/11, 7:00P.M., Smith Auditorium, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD

by Len Morse (Percussion)   Press Release

Michael Blackman
Columbia Concert Band
(301) 596-9783

Columbia Concert Band Winter Concert

Columbia, Maryland, December 10th, 2006 — The Columbia Concert Band will return to their normal venue in Clarksville, MD to perform their annual Winter Concert this December. A variety of musical moods will be represented, from Eric Whitacre’s sublime Lux Aurumque to an exciting, contemporary version of the traditional “In Dulce Jubilo”, called A Jubilant Holiday, by Sean O’Loughlin. Maestro Michael Blackman has also programmed Mike Story’s arrangement of music from the feel-good movie The Polar Express (Glenn Ballard & Alan Silverstri), plus some original works written for concert band: Stars, by Jay Dawson and Cajun Folk Songs, by Frank Ticheli. More traditional pieces round out the concert program, including Leroy Anderson’s ever-popular Christmas Festival.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. The concert is on Sunday, December 17th, at 3:00 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, in Clarksville, MD. For more information call (301) 596- 9783 or visit the Columbia Concert Band web site at

This concert is possible, in part, thanks to the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from the Howard County Government.

The Columbia Concert Band is a non-profit community band that has been performing for local communities since 1983. The band’s purpose is to give non- professional musicians the opportunity to perform challenging band literature while entertaining the public in the Baltimore and Washington regional areas. The band is affiliated with Howard Community College, which gives credit to students for band participation.

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Behind the Baton
by Mike Blackman (Director)   Conductor
On behalf of the entire Columbia Concert Band, I hope that you are enjoying a calm and peaceful holiday season. I also hope that you will allow us to be part of your festivities by coming out to our FREE Winter Concert. This formal performance will include a mix of "winter" music and original symphonic band repertoire. Setting a seasonal mood will be a medley from "The Polar Express," a brilliant set of variations on 'In Dulci Jubilo' entitled "Jubilant Holiday," and Leroy Anderson's classic, "Christmas Festival." The remainder of the program includes a march by Henry Filmore, Frank Ticheli's highly rhythmic "Cajun Folk Songs," a hauntingly beautiful piece by Eric Whitacre entitled "Lux Arumque" ("Light and Gold"), Douglas Akey's "Chorale and Celebration," and a very interesting piece called "Stars," by Jay Dawson. I must say that the Band is playing extremely well, and expects to give one of the finest performances in our history. Please remember that this concert is free and that we will also be providing refreshments for YOU, our audience, during the intermission.

When the CCB reconvenes in January of 2007, we will begin work on the most challenging set of music that I have programmed in my tenure as director. The program will include some music that I have always wanted to play with this wonderful band, and I am truly looking forward to it. Selections will include David Holsinger's "Nilesdance," Ron Nelson's "Courtly Airs and Dances," an unusual new work entitled "Unraveling," Jay Chattaway's "Mazama," and one of my favorite pieces of all time, Percy Grainger's "Scotch Strathspey and Reel." Wish us luck, and come on out in May to see how we've done!

Thank you for your interest and support. You make it possible for us to give back to the community with our music, and that feels good. Please do join us (and bring your family and friends) at as many performances as you can - we promise to make them all as enjoyable and musical as possible!

"See you at the double bar..."

Fun Stuff
Quarterly Word: "Capriccio" - A quick, improvisational, spirited piece of music.

Quarterly Quote: "The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial." -- Leonard Bernstein

Official CCB Positions
Elected Executive Board
Director - Mike Blackman
President - Jodi Shochet
Vice President - Len Morse
Secretary - Suzanne Hassell
Treasurer - Beth Jubinski
Historian - Melinda Frisch
Publicity Chair - Riley McDonald
Fundraising Chair - Jenn Ambrosiano
Equipment Manager - Scott Lipcon
Grants, Programs - Jeanette Donald
Member-at-Large - Tanya Hoegh-Allan

Appointees and Volunteers
Librarian - Marilyn Kelsey
Curator - Fred Shermer
Uniforms - Bill DeVuono
Webmaster - Suzanne Hassell
Columbia Jazz Band Director - Pete Barenbregge


Contact Information

phone: 301-598-4587
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