WCC Concert Band to perform in Galax, Wytheville | News

The Wytheville Community College Concert Band, under the direction of Frank Pugh, will present two concerts this spring.

The first is at Galax High School, 200 Maroon Tide Drive in Galax, on April 25. The second takes place at Legacy Church, 2150 West Ridge Road in Wytheville, on May 2. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.                    

The program, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” features a variety of musical styles to fit a wide range of tastes. The audience will be treated to the traditional sounds of American folk songs and John Phillip Sousa, as well as rock, jazz and memorable childhood melodies. Thrilling music for a bullfight will round out the evening.

The WCC band will also premier a new work by Frank Pugh, titled “Beowulf Fantasy, Mvt. II: Grendel at the Hart.” “Beowulf Fantasy” is inspired by the epic poem Beowulf, and the band premiered the first movement in 2019. This second installment interprets the titanic clash between the hero Beowulf and the unstoppable Grendel.

Pugh is in his 10th year as director of the band. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Virginia Music Educators Association, a registered member of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and is the composer/owner of Five Stone Music.

Since its inception in 1989, the WCC Concert Band has been comprised of community members, college students, and gifted high school students from throughout WCC’s service region. 

The concert is free of charge, but donations will be accepted to help support band costs.

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