Taking a page from the vibrant and growing music scene of community bands, the newly formed Cascadia Wind Ensemble has been organized for and by the musicians of the Fraser Valley.
During the past 50 years the music world has witnessed a new approach to the community concert band that has presented enormous possibilities for wind music concerts. An increasing number of conductors and performers have moved away from the traditional town band style to a more symphonic medium.
This is the wind ensemble concept.
"The idea came from Shannon Goldsmith, conductor and musician in several musical groups in the Fraser Valley," said ensemble member and Chilliwack native Jack Kopstein. "Once her thoughts had been presented, the concept took hold with several musicians from the area. The entire medium of concert band music has grown with major composers having written music especially for the wind ensemble. The repertoire has developed enormously. Moreover Canadian writers such as Howard Cable and Johnny Cowell have added to the mix."
Conductor Shannon Goldsmith remarked: "The Cascadia Wind Ensemble complement of instruments will include flutes, oboes, clarinets (including bass clarinet), bassoons, saxophones, French horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, tubas and an array of percussion and timpani. My job will be to balance this group to develop the wind ensemble texture, which will contain a symphonic range of dynamics and a great tone quality. Rehearsals have recently begun, and we are planning concerts and community event participation for the ensemble. We are very excited about the potential for this instrumental group, which will perform a wide variety of musical styles."
Goldsmith has extensive experience in both the concert band and symphonic mediums. She performs regularly on French horn with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra, the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra in Abbotsford, and a brass quintet.
Capable musicians may contact Goldsmith at email@example.com or Kopstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
? Rehearsal dates are on Thursday nights from 7: 30 to 9: 30 p.m. in Abbotsford (detailed schedule at www. cascadiawindensemble.org).
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