Repasz Band announces spring concert

The annual Repasz Band spring concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 29, at The Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St.

The band will offer a powerful trinity of superb musical offerings including traditional concert band songs, fast-furious or five-star marches and modern works.

The band will perform four pieces in the concert blockbuster category: Kabalevsky’s “Colas Breugnon Overture”; Samuel Hazo’s “Arabesque”; Ralph Vaughn William’s “English Folksong Suite”; and Carl Maria Von Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet,” starring the local clarinet sisters, Judy Burke and Janet Berlin.

“Colas Breugnon,” from the opera of the same name, features driving tempi, extreme dramatic flare and wide contrasts ranging from the clash of rebellion to the aroma of romance. The same can be said of “Arabesque” and yet with a distinctly unique Middle Eastern flavor.

Vaughn Williams comes across with his usual British regality and pomp, and Von Weber, a contemporary of Beethoven, lets us sample the majesty of that great musical era.

Fast-furious, or five-star marches, include circus-styled “Caravan Club” by Karl L. King and “Rolling Thunder” by Henry Fillmore as well as the less furious “Bullets And Bayonets” by John Phillip Sousa. Composed at the apex of American involvement in World War I, Sousa wrote this march to salute U.S. infantrymen. It is a saucy and pleasant march and yet the rat-a-tat-tat of percussion-simulated machine gun fire can be heard in the trio.

On the contemporary side, composer Samuel Hazo recurs in the concert with the solemn and deeply beautiful memorial tone-poem entitled “Mountain Thyme,” a celtic wildflower and subject of the traditional Scots-Irish folksong “The Braes of Balquhidder.” This work was commissioned by the family of a 2-year old boy who died tragically.

The haunting melodies and harmonies resonate with deep peace. Rounding out the contemporary scene is Robert Sheldon’s “Rhapsodic Celebration,” which opens with a joyful intrada, morphs to a lyrical serenade, and closes with a gallop.

The concert will commence with the national anthem and end with the Repasz Band March.

Admission is free, but the band is accepting canned good donations at the door in support of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

The band continues under the batons of directors Albert Nacinovich and Jeffrey Dent. The band has been in continuous service since 1831, including various connections with military musical service to the grand Army of The Potomac and entire Union Army in America’s Civil War in the 1860s.

More information, history, and performance schedule of the Repasz Band can be found at