A Veterans Day band concert, “I Remember Vietnam,” will be presented by the Linfield College Concert Band and the McMinnville Second Winds Community Band Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center.
The bands will perform music honoring veterans, including American music, music that was popular during the Vietnam war and music written to commemorate those who have sacrificed for their country. The concert will feature the world premiere of “Emblems of Sacrifice,” written specifically for the concert by Oregon composer Kevin Walczyk. The piece was commissioned by the Second Winds Community Band. Stan Primozich, Yamhill County Commissioner and Vietnam veteran, will narrate the concert.
Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, the Linfield Concert Band is comprised of student musicians who are music majors and minors, or non-music majors from across all disciplines. Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, piano, bass guitar and percussion.
Paddock, at Linfield since 1994, is professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, and received the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. She is a member of Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, and performs on-call with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera. She is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon and holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education and Oregon Band Directors Association, among others. She is also on the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster for the Council of International Exchange Scholars.
The Second Winds Community Band gives new life to a variety of music for band, including descriptive overtures, ragtime pieces and small ensemble pieces performed by Recycled Brass and the Second Winds Jazz Band. Broadway musicals, patriotic music, big band swing of the ’30s to ’60s, and rock round out the band’s repertoire. The band began in March 1998 under the direction of Pat Lay and is now led by Mark Williams.
Williams, musical director of Second Winds Community Band, plays lead trumpet in the Frank Messina Big Band and Freddy & Stump Jumpers Dixieland band. He also serves as the minister of music at Pioneer Evangelical Church in Dayton and is the artistic director for the Dayton Community Chorus.
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for families of deployed troops. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit linfield.edu/arts or secondwinds.org.