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Concert Band presents rich free concert at Babcock Theatre 

BILLINGS, April 4, 2014 – The RMC Concert Band continues a rich tradition of performing free concerts of contemporary, classical, and toe-tapping music Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Babcock Theatre in Billings. Woodwinds from piccolo to bassoon offer melting harmonies in the band. 

The concert offers the premier performance of Missoula composer David Maslanka’s “On This Bright Morning.” Maslanka, who has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU, wrote it in response to poet Jane Kenyon’s quote, “Yes, there are things in this life that we must endure that are all but unendurable, and yet I feel that there is a great goodness. Why, when there could have been nothing, is there something? How, when there could have been nothing, does it happen that there is love, kindness, beauty?”

“Deliberation” by Jubal Rife, a computer science senior and member of the RMC Clarinet Choir, receives a performance. The program also holds contemporary pieces by Dello Joio, Lauridsen, and Alfred Reed, and a minuet and contrapuntal music by baroque composers Rameau and J.S. Bach. It ends with Leonard Bernstein’s back-slappingly festive “Slava.”

Woodwind performers in the concert band include Rebekah Gryder of Belgrade, Mont.; Paige Tanaka of Murrieta, Calif.; Travis Kuehn, Danny Salveson and Luke Schreiner of Laurel, Mont.; Paige Williams of Shepherd, Mont.; Morgan Williams of Ryegate, Mont; Courage Louviere of Darby, Mont.; Elizabeth Marklin of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Jubal Rife and Zoey Elias of Billings, Mont.; Amanda Tharp of Sunburst, Mont.; Andrea Tomlinson of Twin Falls, Idaho; Jacob Scharbrough of Weiser, Idaho; Brandon Haggard of Ashland, Kansas; Holly Todd of Roundup, Mont.;
 and William Krol-Sinclair of Boston, Mass.