Tabor hosting music events next week

The Tabor College music department is anticipating 350 area children, grades K-8, to be on campus Oct. 30 for a 10 a.m. concert by the Tabor College Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Shawn Knopp, director of bands and associate professor of music at Tabor, will provide background on each piece performed as well as talking about the instrumentation of each group.

“The morning concert is more of a community service type of event, a way to give young students an opportunity to hear live music and learn proper concert etiquette,” he said.

The same day, the Tabor College Collaborative Concert with Moundridge High School is planned for 7 p.m. in Richert Auditorium. Each band will perform separately, then combine for two final selections.The evening concert is open to the public.

◼The Heart of America Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Patterson, will be performing at Tabor College Sunday, October 28th, at 3 PM, in Richert Auditorium. The concert will feature works by Sousa, Copland, Holst, Mozart and more! Featured soloist are William Lane, French horn, and Laura Fortier, soprano. Shawn Knopp, Tabor College Director of Bands, will guest conduct the band on Richard Wagner’s, Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral.

The Heart of America Band is the fulfilled dream of Robert Paull. With the help of Fred Schmidt, Frank Swathel, and Tom Miles, the first concert was in Chapman on November 5, 1988 and was conducted by Dr. David Higbee. Performing annually, the band consists of college and public school teachers, students, and talented area musicians. Membership is by invitation. The concert is free and open to the public.