With the Dogwood Festival just behind us, there has been a lot of opportunity to soak up free music — largely of the pop genre. If your ear is a bit more discerning, you might want to check out The Fayetteville Symphonic Band’s performance at Reeves Auditorium on the campus of Methodist University, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
    “Symphonic” is kind of a scary word that can be a little intimidating. Not to worry. A symphonic band is a performing ensemble consisting of several members of the w family, b family and p family. Its various repertoires include original wind c and arranged c items. The Fayetteville Symphonic Band exists to pursue quality band literature with community members who are interested in the same thing. The life-long instrumentalist has a place to perform great band music with this community minded group. The group had been on and off for a period of time until it met Director Jonathan Andrews. He resurrected the band two years ago, and since that time, the band has solidly picked up steam.
    The evening will offer a delightful variety of musical compositions. Dr. Larry Wells, assistant director of the FSB, calls the selections a “Smorgasbord.”
    “We will feature everything from older turn of the century music from the British Isles to traditional March music,” he said.
    There is no set theme to these concerts, which is why the FSB is excited to feature The Methodist University Chorale in conjunction with its musical selections. The Methodist University Chorale is a select group of individuals chosen for their personality, moral character and leadership qualities, as well as for their exceptional talent in music. Wells would like to see a large turnout for the evening.
    “This is our final performance of the season, we’ve gained a lot of talented players, and the band is doing phenomenally,” he said.  “We expect next year to be even better.”
    The event is free and open to the public.
    If you’d like more information about the FSB, either in regard to this specific performance, or if you are interested in joining the band, please contact Dr. Larry Wells at 910.630.7602 or at lwells@methodist.edu. You can also visit the Web site at www.fayettevillecommunityband.org.

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