“ An American Panorama” From Sea To Shining Sea!
On Saturday, MARCH 24TH, at 7:30 pm, the Desert Winds Freedom Band offers a concert of wide-ranging music in “An American Panorama.” Under the Artistic Direction of Mr. Dean McDowell, the concert band of more than 60 musicians will present a sweeping vista of Dixieland, Gospel, Country, traditional and contemporary Jazz, Broadway, The American Songbook, Patriotic Dedications and Marches at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium.
The band’s own jazz ensemble swings, with vocals from valley favorites Joel Baker and Laurie Deane. Pianist Richard Bentley showcases Gershwin’s Second Prelude for piano, with a contrasting band arrangement. Master of ceremonies will be Bella Da Ball’s alter ego, Brian Wanzek.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from band members, at Q Trading Co. or online 24/7 at www.desertwindsfb.org via Pal Pal. Call 760-776-2700 for more information.
This concert will sweep you “From Sea to Shining Sea,” from New York City and the Broadway musical “Girl Crazy,” with the Jazz Band’s “Embraceable You.” You’ll march through New Orleans’ French Quarter to the Dixieland sounds of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” then head to Nashville where the country styling s of Laurie Deane with the concert band present the Carrie Underwood hit, “I Told You So.”
The band surveys the best of the American Songbook, with its roots in Indiana where Hoagy Carmichael got started, with “Hoagy Carmichael: An America Classic,” featuring “Lazy River,” “Star Dust,” Heart and Soul,” “Skylark,” and “Georgia On my Mind.”
The evening jazzes up with “A Salute to American Jazz,” featuring “A Night in Tunisia,” “St. Louis Blues,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “Birdland.” The lore of the Old West and the Lone Star State will be showcased in “The Star of Dream.” The concert’s bold panorama also includes a tribute to our Armed Forces, with Richard Rodgers’ famous “Victory at Sea,” David Shaffer’s “Purple Heart” dedication piece that memorializes a platoon of Marines at the end of the Iraq War, the marches of Karl King, and concludes with audience favorites – “The Battle Hymn” and “America the Beautiful.”
The Desert Winds Freedom Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit, group of gay and gay-friendly musicians dedicated to providing cultural, social and educational enrichment to its audiences and its members. Circle March 24th on your calendar and plan to join us in concert!