By: Marlee Sorrells
Every student on campus knows the hoots and hollers coming from the World Famous Cowboy Band, but Hardin-Simmons also has many other bands on campus as well.
The HSU jazz band and concert band are two perfect examples. Each of them get to showcase their abilities at football games or concerts and shows each year. On Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., the concert band will put on their annual fall concert in Behren’s auditorium. The concert is free for everyone to attend.
“There is so much work put into every one of these concerts,” Emma Pfrimmer, a senior social work major from Keller and flutist in the band, said. “Every musician puts in a lot of time and energy into making sure everything blends and resonates well.”
This year, the Band will be performing a mixture of songs that make up the theme “Heroes – Recognizable or Not.” Each piece offers a highlight of people who are heroes in both big and small ways. “For Country and Courage,” by Travis Weller honors first responders, firefighters and police officers. “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone will feature a saxophone solo by Andrew Whitworth. “The Witching Hour,” by Randall Standridge pays homage to the English teachers that helped students through Shakespeare’s MacBeth. “With Quiet Courage” by Larry Daehn honors those that have suffered through terminal illness with their loved ones.
The “Armed Forces Service Medley,” by various composers, is meant to honor those who have served and fought in one of the five branches of the armed forces, including those who did not return to their families. “And My Spirit Lives On” by William Owens honors the life of a former Tahoka band student, all children that never make it to adulthood and those whose lives were affected by them. “The Thunderer,” by John Philip Sousa is meant to honor all the ranchers and farmers that settled in West Texas.
“My favorite part of the concert is seeing all the hard work of the band members paying off as they present emotional, inspiring music to a live audience,” Director of Bands Carroll “Smiley” Rhodes said. “It is amazing what people of all ages and backgrounds can create together. Each of these pieces have special meaning to me and, I hope, the audience. All are welcome and encouraged to come and have their spirits refreshed, These selections should stir their hearts and souls.”