Notes from Joe – Fall 2016

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Summer is fading and I always feel a renewed energy as fall approaches. It is one of my favorite times of the year. This is especially so as a new season of music making begins with the Plano Community Band. As I reflect on the incredibly wonderful time I have conducting this outstanding group of musicians, I can’t help but feel excited in anticipation of the upcoming musical literature, rehearsals and performances.

Last year’s “Music for Life” outreach to young musicians ...

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Note from Joe

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Conducting the PCB for the last nine months has been a tremendous privilege. Jennifer Breitzmann, our band President, keeps asking if I am still having fun and the answer is still an enthusiastic “yes!”. I look forward to every rehearsal and every opportunity I have to conduct this wonderful group of musicians.

Succeeding Tommy Guilbert has been an honor but also a challenge. As the saying goes, Tommy is a “hard act to follow”. ...

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Ready for Something New

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We are currently getting ready for our November 22nd concert at the Eisemann Center. While the majority of this concert will feature transcriptions (original pieces written for orchestra or piano and orchestrated for concert band) we have one new piece that I am rehearsing with the band. “Music for Life” was composed in honor of Tommy Guilbert by Lew Buckley and the Association of Concert Bands. Lew, and the 2015 ACB Convention Band, premiered the piece in ...

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Moving Forward

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The band had an amazing summer full of emotions that would put anyone through the ringer. After losing Tommy Guilbert (our conductor, artistic director and friend) shortly after our May concert, the band had many things to do. First, we had the honor of performing at Tommy’s memorial service that ended up being a who’s who of band directors. Almost a mini Band Director convention if you will…. We followed that up by performing at the John Paul II graduation ...

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Conductors’ Corner

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This year for the Plano Community Band will be an exciting one. We have the opportunity to perform for an entirely new audience for the PCB as well as performing with new and returning guest artists.

The next big indoor concert is on May 4th, 2014 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The concert is at a different time than in the past as we will start at 7 PM. We are excited about our guest artist ...

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