Linfield band concert to focus on elements of the earth

Linfield College concert bandThe Linfield College Concert Band will present a fall band concert, “The Elements: Part I,” on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The concert is the first of a two-part series focusing on “Air, Water, Earth, and Fire: The ancient elements on a changing planet,” the campus-wide theme for the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) program. Part two of the series will be held in the spring.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, the band will perform a variety of pieces relating to the earth’s elements. The concert will open with David Maslanka’s powerful “Fanfare to Mother Earth” and include “Arctic Fire” by Robert Buckley, “Songs of Earth, Water, Wind, and Sky” by Robert W. Smith, “Cave of the Winds” by Robert Nathaniel Dett, “Crystals” by Thomas C. Duffy and “Hymn to the Infinite Sky” by Satoshi Yagisawa.

The Linfield Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble comprised of nearly 50 members who play woodwinds, brass, piano, bass guitar and percussion. Student musicians include music majors, music minors and non-music majors from across all disciplines.

Paddock, at Linfield since 1994, is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University. Paddock 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 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 concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit