DR. W. DAVID SPENCER
Conductor & Artistic Director
Participating Member of the BBH
WBS Treasurer and Event Host
The Whole Backstage will host the Brass Band of Huntsville in a patriotic concert, “For Which it Stands”, Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. Led by Dr. David Spencer, the Brass Band is a volunteer 30-piece ensemble committed to a mission of cultural enrichment through concerts that are both entertaining and educational.
“One feature in this concert will be the performance of a world premiere piece by Stephen Bulla, “Love of My Life”, a biographical and patriotic portrait. Bulla is best known as Staff Arranger for the United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra, his transcriptions for numerous films and television series, and most recently, composing and conducting the “Von Braun Suite” for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing celebration at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, with all living lunar astronauts in attendance. Our upcoming concert in Guntersville will be a great way for families and friends to set the tone in honoring the 4th of July,” stated Bob Crook, Whole Backstage Board of Directors Treasurer, and tuba player in the Brass Band.
Musicians from all parts of the Tennessee Valley form the Brass Band of Huntsville to offer audience-friendly concerts with their signature power, style, superb soloists and lighthearted fun. Every performance features the band’s extensive repertoire, including American tunes, Big Band swing and jazz, music from Broadway and Hollywood, classical and contemporary brass band masterworks and of course, traditional marches.
The musical line-up includes these selections: Star Spangled Banner, Liberty Fanfare, arranged by John Williams; Love of My Life by Stephen Bulla; America the Beautiful, arranged by Carmen Dragon; God of Our Fathers, arranged by Don Bennett; Sempre Fidelis by John Phillip Sousa; For Uncommon Valor-Dallas Brass Band fanfare; Images for Brass, arranged by Stephen Bulla; Be Thou My Vision; King Cotton by John Phillip Sousa; Alabama the Beautiful; National Emblem; and as the finale, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.
This one-performance event is Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the WBS theatre, 1120 Rayburn Avenue/Dot Moore Way in Guntersville, Alabama. Admission is free with tax-deductible donations accepted. Proceeds will be divided with the Brass Band and the Whole Backstage, both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.