Artist of the day: The Florida Wind Band
Billing itself as "Florida's premiere professional concert band," the Florida Wind Band has pulled together some 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, all ex-high school musicians, with the aim of turning it into a movement. The group is currently not-for-profit, but they aim to become "the first fully professional, civilian wind band in America this century," said conductor and artistic director John C. Carmichael.
"The repertoire is finally deep enough and musically significant enough to support a concert series, and there are millions of people in our state who have had band instruction," Carmichael said in an e-mail. "This is not a community group. It contains some of the finest players in the area, including members of the Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Brass Band of Orlando, Florimezzo, and Opera Tampa, as well as many other high-level performing ensembles. What the players have in common is a belief that such an initiative is important and viable."
On June 28, the Florida Wind Band will present a patriotic program titled Be Glad Then, America at 7:30 p.m. at the new School of Music building at the University of South Florida. The show will include selections like America the Beautiful, The Stars and Stripes Forever and various military marches. Advance tickets are $12; $8 students/seniors; free for military personnel in uniform. Day-of tickets are $10-$15. Click here for details.