Meridian Community Band salutes Sousa

By City Pulse Staff

Trombonist Ava Ordman and tenor Mark Gary are guest artists

Wednesday, October 27 -- The Meridian Community Band, under the direction of
Carolyn Sherrill
, presents
the 17th annual "Grand Sousa Concert" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the MacDonald Middle School, 1901 Burcham Drive.

program showcases soloists Ava Ordman
associate professor of trombone at Michigan State University, and Mark Gary,
a tenor who is currently completing the doctoral program in choral conducting at MSU.

will play "The Patriot," composed by Sousa’s own solo
trombonist, Arthur Pryor, “the Paganini of the trombone.” Ordman is the principal trombonist in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra
and the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Also on the program: Shostakovich’s Festive Overture; “Prayer,” from Engelbert Humperdinck’s operetta "Hansel and
"; Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave; Percy Grainger’s
arrangement of “Ye Banks and Braes”;
and Victor Herbert’s "Panamericana." The MCB is also performing Sousa's "Songs
of Grace and Songs of Glory
," an arrangement of religious songs, including “Rock of
Ages,” “Steal Away” and “Nearer My God to Thee.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and
students are free.

Doors open at
7 p.m. (general admission) For more information, visit