September 23, 2015

Scottsdale Concert Band Oct. 11 Concert

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The Scottsdale Concert Band, one of the oldest performing-arts groups in Scottsdale, will open its 38th season with a free concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, titled “Portraits of America.”

The concert will take place at the Saguaro High School Auditorium, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale.

The band, directed by Michele Kalo, will perform “The Purple Twilight,” by Robert Longfield, which celebrates the “spirit of adventure held by the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger,” which broke apart 73 seconds into its flight on Jan. 28, 1986, and “America the Beautiful.”

Also, clarinetist Jeff Quamo will perform a piece titled “Solfegettio Metamorphosis,” which combines CPE Bach and jazz and was written for the famous, Eddie Daniels and orchestra and rhythm section. On the program also will be The Armed Forces Medley, and a big-band tune.

Also on the program will be a medley of college fight songs – Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State and ASU. Alumni are invited to wear their college shirts and cheer!

The Sudler Silver Scroll-winning Scottsdale Concert Band is sponsored by Scottsdale Community College and performs four concerts per year.

The Sudler Silver Scroll is presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and is the most prestigious award available to a community concert band.

For more information about the band and to hear recordings from previous concerts, go to, or call Michele Kalo, 602-327-3168.