Starkville-MSU Community Band announces free concert April 21

Contact: Bethany Shipp

The Starkville-MSU Community Band rehearses
The Starkville-MSU Community Band rehearses for its final concert of the season on April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Kent Sills Band Hall on MSU’s campus. (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Starkville-MSU Community Band will present its final concert of the season on Sunday, April 21.

Including Mississippi State faculty, staff and students, and Golden Triangle residents, the band will perform at 2 p.m. in the Kent Sills Band Hall, located at 72 Hardy Road on MSU’s campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will begin with Mark Camphouse’s “Air Mobility Command March,” which was written for the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, followed by a haunting arrangement of the old Appalachian tune “Wayfaring Stranger.” The program will continue with David Holsinger’s interpretation of the old Black gospel melody “Were You There,” titled “On an American Spiritual.” The performance also will feature Roland Barrett’s “Silent Stands the Elm,” inspired by the symbolism of the Survivor Tree and dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 1995 attack on the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The concert will conclude with Franz von Suppe’s rousing “Light Cavalry Overture.”

The community band is directed by Johnny Folsom, a lecturer and supervisor for student interns in MSU’s Department of Music.

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