Spring Band Concert Fundraiser April 30th

Posted on April 20, 2015

to Benefit Local Emergency Responders and Crawford House

Renowned Guest Conductor “One of the Most Talented in the Nation”

Montgomery Township, NJ … The Montgomery High School Bands, the Band Parents Association and The Rotary Club of Montgomery – Rocky Hill are teaming up to offer a very special Spring Band Concert on Thursday, April 30, 7:00 PM at the Montgomery High School Performing Arts Center, 1016 County Rt. 601 in Skillman.  All music lovers should attend!  The venue is terrific and there is no charge for a ticket, but the event is a fundraiser – thus, audience members are invited and encouraged to make a donation of any amount at the door.  All proceeds will benefit Montgomery EMS, Montgomery’s Volunteer Fire Companies and Crawford House, a halfway house for women.

The concert will feature MHS Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble and student chamber ensembles performing wonderful music in many different styles.

“It will be a fantastic night of wind band music that all will enjoy,” says Adam Warshafsky, MHS supervisor of visual and performing arts,  “We are honored to present Professor Damon Talley from the Louisiana State University as a guest conductor.  Professor Talley is one of the most talented wind band conductors in the nation.  For our students, the chance to work with him is truly a privilege – and will be a great learning experience.”

Professor Talley, whose visit is made possible through support from the Montgomery – Rocky Hill Rotary Club, is director of bands and associate professor of music at Louisiana State University School of Music.  He oversees all aspects of LSU’s celebrated Band Department, conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting.  Talley also taught and conducted at Shenandoah Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan.  Prior to teaching at the university level, Talley taught in Texas public schools; he is a strong advocate for young composers, and regularly premieres works by student composers.  He earned his master of music degree from the University of Michigan and a doctor of musical arts in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas.

This year is an important milestone for Montgomery – Rocky Hill Rotary, which is celebrating 25 years of service to the community.  The concert comes less than a week after the Run With Rotary, Montgomery’s largest annual community charity event.  The signature 5K Run and 1-Mile Ramble is happening Sunday, April 26 at Skillman Park.  For more information about the Montgomery – Rocky Hill Rotary Club, visit MontgomeryRotary.org.

“We feel great about this partnership with the high school music program,” said George Jarvis, community service director of the Rotary Club.  “The Band Parents Association leaders and the music program leaders have been fantastic to work with.  Our schools boast some of the best young musicians in the state.  I believe this concert will be one of the highlights of the year for Montgomery and Rocky Hill.”

Bob Christensen, president of the MHS Band Parents Association, agreed. “It’s wonderful to see the students embrace this opportunity not only to showcase their talents but to help the community in very important ways. The Band Parents are grateful for the chance to work with Rotary and help provide what is sure to be a fantastic night of music combined with service to the community.”

“The Montgomery Rocky Hill Rotary Club has been a longtime, proud supporter of the Montgomery Township School District and the District’s Music and Visual Arts Programs,” observed Rotary president Dick Ragsdale.  “We are pleased to team up to present an extraordinary concert for our community while at the same time offering an incredible opportunity for the MTSD band students.”

Source: Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club

Update: 4/15/15