By Mark Ambrogi
The Celebration of Bands will provide spectators with a wide variety of music and instruments highlighting different eras.
Charles Conrad, who organized the bands, said there will be a whole spectrum of musical styles.
“We’ll have some classical music and definitely have some Broadway and Hollywood music, some British brass band and a Civil War band,” said Conrad, the Indiana Wind Symphony conductor.
All the concerts on Sept. 18 and 19 are free. The Sept. 18 performances will be held in Arts & Design District while the Sept. 19 performances will start outside the Palladium at 2 p.m. and move inside the Palladium for Grand Finale Concert at 7:30.
“We hope to fill up the Palladium (1,601 seats),” Conrad said. “We’ll reserve some seats for sponsors. Then whoever gets there first can find their seats.”
One of the unique performers will be the Eiger Alphorn Duo. The duo will perform with their 12-foot long wooden horns outside the Palladium at 3:45 p.m. and at 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 19. The alphorn is known mostly Switzerland and the Alpine regions of Europe. The duo performs on authentic instruments, complete with Tachten (authentic Swiss and German costumes). Peggy DeMers and Vicki Wheeler, the duo, will join the Indiana Wind Symphony to perform “Concertino for Alphorns and Wind Symphony” by Gottfried Veit.
Joining the Indiana Wind Symphony will be guest trumpet soloist Patrick Hession at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18. Hession also will perform a solo with the Middle School Honors Band at 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 and will be involved in the Grand Finale Concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. inside the Palladium.
“He’s a phenomenal trumpet player. He was Maynard Ferguson’s last lead player,” Conrad said.
Saxton’s Cornet Band, one of top Civil War bands in the country, will play at 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 and then again during the Grand Finale.
“They play authentic pieces you would have heard in the Civil War days,” Conrad said. “They were the very first ones I thought of because I wanted to make sure we had a Civil War band. They were absolutely my first choice.”
The Middle School Honors Band will be paired with the Indianapolis New Horizons Band.
“Most of the New Horizons band are seniors and most played instruments in high school,” Conrad said. “Once they retired they decided to form a band.”
The Middle School Honors Band is made up of Carmel’s three middle schools and Hamilton Southeastern’s four middle schools.
Hopkins and Miller’s Sunset Jazz Band will have the opening performance at5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. Next up is Indy Winds Flute Choir, who will use a contrabass flute.
“I’ve never even seen one, let alone heard one in a concert-based setting,” Conrad said.
The Starry Knights Big Band will perform as the Swinging Sergeants in the first day’s final act at 8:30 p.m., performing World War II-era Big Band music.