First Midwest Goldman tribute to be held at Huntington

Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College Music Department will hold its 24th annual Band Clinic on March 8-9, culminating in a grand concert, BandFest 2003 – A Goldman Tribute! The concert, to be held on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m., in the Merillat Centre for the Arts main auditorium, will highlight music by Edwin and Richard Franko Goldman in the Midwest’s first tribute to the Goldman’s.

Major William E. Browne, guest conductor, will lead the clinic band make up of visiting middle school, high school and college age students, community musicians and professional clinicians. They will perform a variety of music transcribed and composed by Edwin and Richard Franko Goldman. The ever popular On the Mall march and the Children’s March, which children in the audience will conduct, and less familiar marches by Edwin Franko will be featured along with original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions by his son, Richard, including the finale to Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and a Bach Fantasia.

Browne serves as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department and holds the Hough Family Chair of Fine Arts. He has directed bands and orchestras at the Culver Academies since 1981, and has also taught music history and theory there. In addition to his duties at Culver, Browne performed with and conducted the 566th Air Force Band in Chicago, Ill., for many years. He has performed militarily since 1972, upon his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Band, Washington DC, “The President’s Own.” Browne currently plays Principal Horn in the Kokomo Symphony, Kokomo Park Band, regional orchestra and the Mariah Wind Quintet. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Music Performance from Ball State University, a Master of Music Performance from Catholic University and a Master of Science in Instructional Systems from Indiana University. Browne strives to stay active as a performer, soloist, clinician, conductor, teacher and adjudicator for area and regional music groups, camps and organizations.

Soloists for the concert include Robert Lynn and Bruce Lemar on the tuba, Jeffrey Taylor of the Chicago Lyric Opera, and Michael Trentacosti, bassoonist. Taylor, performing a Verdi aria, and Trentacosti, rendering a Mozart bassoon concerto movement, are alumni of Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, Md., where Richard Franko Goldman was president from 1968-1977.

Ms. Paula Hatcher, wife of Daniel Franko Goldman and representing the Goldman family, will also be on hand as conductor, flute clinician and soloist for Richard’s Monchromes for Flute.

Founded in 1922 by Edwin Franko Goldman, the Goldman Band has been a vital part of American musical life for over 90 years. The band, originally made up of New York musicians from local symphonies and the Metropolitan Opera, played a series of live, free concerts in New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Those concerts are said to have been heard by more people than that of another concert series in the world.

Edwin was a virtuoso cornetist and member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He studied composition with Dvorak and composed several popular marches and solo works, wrote volumes on band training and founded the American Bandmasters Association. Upon his death in 1956, his son Richard took over the band.

Richard dedicated himself to carrying on the tradition of excellence in performance and selection of music and was known for introducing music of an international flavor. He is recognized for his transcriptions, arrangements and compositions for band. He served as the director of the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Md., from 1968-1977.

The Goldman Band continued to perform in the 1980’s after Richard’s death. Now called the Goldman Memorial Band, the band performs occasionally and in a special annual function in conjunction with the New York State Music Teachers Association for which directors select young musicians to participate.

The Sunday concert, BandFest – A Goldman Tribute!, of Huntington College’s 24th annual Band Clinic, is the first tribute to the Goldman’s to take place in the Midwest. Admission is free but a ticket is required. To reserve tickets, contact the Huntington College Box Office at (260) 359-4260 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Tickets may also be reserved by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: BandFest 2003, Merillat Centre for the Arts, 2303 College Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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