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KSC Concert Band Takes Audience on "A Journey in Sound"

KEENE, N.H., 10/20/08 - The Keene State College Concert Band will perform “Musical Postcards: A Journey in Sound,” on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. Tickets are available through the box office at 603-358-2168 or online at

The band will play pieces from Scotland, Ireland, England, and Italy, depicting such scenes as a rural country setting, an amusement park and a roller coaster, concluding with a hymn to our beautiful American homeland. The program will include Andrew Boysen’s Kirkpatrick Fanfare, Warren Barker’s Deir In De, and Ye Banks and Braes and O’Bonnie Doone by Percy A. Grainger, as well pieces by Frank Ticheli, Aaron Copland, Otto Schwarz, Gabriel Fauré, and more.

KSC music education major Tom Spencer (euphonium) will be a featured soloist. Spencer is from Lancaster, N.H., and is a junior at KSC. He is a member of the KSC Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Brass Ensemble. He also plays trombone in the Keene Jazz Orchestra. Throughout high school he performed with the North Country Music Festival Honors Band.

Melanie Prisby, a senior music education/flute major from Hebron, Conn., will assist conducting Warren Barker’s Deir In De and Kenneth Alford’s Army of the Nile. Prisby has studied flute with KSC music faculty member Robin Matathias and has worked with conductor Jim Chesebrough for two years.

The concert band is directed by Jim Chesebrough, who received his bachelor of music education degree from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Connecticut. In addition to conducting the band, Chesebrough is assistant professor of music at Keene State, where he teaches classes in music education, conducting, and applied music. He is frequently called upon as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician throughout New England. He conducts the Newmont Military Band, a re-creation of a small-town brass band of the late 1800s. In 1998, the New Hampshire Band Directors’ Association honored him as their Outstanding Band Director of the Year.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to the recital.

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