By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community Band will soon be presenting an entertaining evening of symphonic band music. If you are looking for a pleasant diversion for a fall Saturday evening, then please join your Community Band on Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.
Admission to this concert is free, though the Community Band is a 501(c)3 and accepts donations with gratitude.
Pagosans from all ages and walks of life make up the all-volunteer Community Band. This group has been playing together for the last six years. The band is led by three talented conductors who each have a distinct conducting style of their own.
Larry Baisdon and Larry Elginer, both retired high school band directors, bring us a wealth of experience. When you combine their two careers, it makes about 60 year’s-plus worth of knowledge from which members draw upon.
Malinda Burnett, our third conductor, is currently serving her sixth year as the music director at Pagosa Springs Middle School. Burnett brings us her youthful energy and introduces us to more recently composed pieces to help us keep up with the times.
Our Oct. 21 performance will include an exciting piece written by Reinhold Gliere called “Russian Sailors’ Dance,” arranged by Merle J. Isaac, with Baisdon at the podium. This piece is from the Russian Ballet titled “The Red Poppy,” which was created in 1927 and whose familiar melodies conjure up visions of Eastern European dancers energetically spiraling across the dance floor.
Come and celebrate a fall evening by enjoying music presented by your local musicians in the Community Band.
By Heidi Tanner