CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Community Band, under the direction of Brian Conti, presents its 29th annual Spring Concert on Sunday May 4 at Chatham High School.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. with a varied program that includes concert band classics, such as the Carmen Dragon arrangement of America, the Beautiful; Mozart's lively Overture to the Marriage of Figaro for concert band; Gustav Holst's British band classic, Second Suite for Military Band (made popular by Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble) and Fred Jewell's patriotic gem, E Pluribus Unum March.
To commemorate the arrival of the Beatles in 1964 the program also includes a medley of twelve top Beatles hits arranged for concert band by John Higgins. The concert will feature trumpet virtuoso Donald Batchelder as guest soloist performing A. Goedicke's Concert Etude, Op. 49, a flashy solo work arranged for trumpet and concert band by David Marlatt and published in 2008.
Batchelder will also perform Philip Lang's concert band version of Leroy Anderson's early 1950s classic hit, A Trumpeter's Lullaby, that has been recorded by famous trumpeters like Rafael Méndez, Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt and more. Batchelder is the Brass Coordinator and Trumpet faculty at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music.
Recognized as an outstanding soloist and orchestral trumpeter in the New York area for many years, he performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, and serves as Principal Trumpet with the New York City Opera. Batchelder also holds the principal trumpet chairs in the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the Stamford (CT) Symphony. He earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the Juilliard School. For more information about the Chatham Community Band, visit our web site, www.chathamcommunityband.org.