Spring band concert to feature movie themes, student conductors

Linfield BandsThe Linfield College Concert Band will present its spring concert, “Linfield Concert Band Goes to the Movies!” on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, and four student conductors, the concert band will perform a variety of pieces from well-known films and composers. Student conductors include seniors Zach Davis and Joe Komarek and juniors Amanda Pierce and Christian Santangelo. The concert will features pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Camille Saint-Saëns, John Williams, Harry Alford, John Philip Sousa and Ennio Morricone, among others, and will feature music from “Looney Toons,” “The Bridge On the River Kwai,” “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars,” “Nightmare Before Christmas” and others. The concert will also feature the first movement of “First Piano Concerto,” which was written and will also be conducted by Davis.

The Linfield Concert Band is made up of 46 students and community members who play woodwinds, brass, string and electric bass and percussion. Student musicians include music majors, minors and other students who wish to keep music in their lives.

Paddock is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University. She has received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Performer’s Certificate, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway and has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Paddock is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon and holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference and Oregon Band Directors Association, among others.

Davis studies piano performance and composition at Linfield. He has been featured as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and solo performer, and has performed at the Portland International Piano Festival and Oregon Bach Festival as a pianist. His compositions have won the American Federation of Music Club’s competition for chamber music and one was featured at the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival.

Komarek studies composition at Linfield. This is his first year in concert band and his first time conducting a large ensemble. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in music and start an independent music publishing service after graduation.

Pierce, who is also a first-time conductor, is a music and religious studies double major. She plays both the trumpet and French horn, and was selected to play trumpet with the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band in 2012.

Santangelo studies percussion performance at Linfield. He played lead guitar for Linfield’s spring 2013 production of “Spring Awakening,” was featured as a soloist with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and performed with the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Oregon Crusaders Indoor percussion ensemble. Santangelo has also performed with the CBDNA Collegiate Honor Band.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit linfield.edu/arts.