Mark Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. on your calendars as a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear the fantastic sounds of the Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band.
This new community band, made up of local retired professional musicians and top-notch amateur musicians, was founded in September 2011 and made its debut performance last December at Music Boosters “Hollydaze,” a musical review that included selections by the band. Audiences were pleasantly surprised by the band’s incredible sound and proficiency at such an early time in its development.
The Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band is under the direction of two seasoned professional band directors who have elected to retire in Pagosa Springs, Bill Gottschalk and Larry Baisdon. Baisdon and Gottschalk are longtime friends and colleagues who have brought their talents, organizational skills and energy to help develop the town’s first organized community band many years.
On Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, the new band will dazzle its audience with musical sounds of America, including marches, jazz and patriotic tunes. Also included on the program will be performances by band students from Pagosa Springs Junior High School and the high school.
“In keeping with Music Boosters ongoing mission to strengthen youth through the arts in the public schools, it is our goal to specifically promote and assist our local band programs,” said Gottschalk. “We want students to be excited about being a member of the band; to enjoy learning the vast amount of music literature written for band instruments, to develop personal performance skills, and to enjoy the thrill of playing in an ensemble for an audience.”.
With that goal in mind, admission cost is only $5, with a maximum family admission of $15. Fifth-grade students will be admitted free of charge with the recommendation from a teacher.
“We hope that this low cost will encourage families with children to come and enjoy the sounds of the bands, and that children will be enticed to participate,” said Baisdon.
Proceeds from the performance will be dedicated to assist school band programs in purchasing instruments and equipment. Band instruments are expensive and can be a prohibitive factor for children wishing to join a band. The band would like to assure every child the opportunity to participate, without the cost of instruments being a factor in their decision. Extra donations will be gladly accepted at the door.