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Capitol Sounds Concert Band celebrating 50 years with March 24 concert

The Montgomery Advertiser logo The Montgomery Advertiser 3/7/2022 Paul Sullivan

The Capitol Sounds Concert Band will celebrate 50 years of entertaining the River Region with a 7 p.m. performance on March 24 at the Montgomery Cultural Arts Center (Armory) on Madison Avenue.   

“Organized in February 1972 as the Montgomery Community Band, we are celebrating our golden anniversary all year long with concerts and performances,” Sounds director John Jackson said. “This concert will feature more contemporary music and music written for wind ensemble.”

Selections will include works in ‘Xerxes’ by John Mackey, ‘Arabesque’ by Samuel Hazo, ‘Pageant’ by Vincent Persichetti, and ‘Trittico’ by Vaclav Nelhybel. In addition, ‘Danzon no. 2’ by Arturo Marquez will be performed.  “Our featured soloists will be saxophonists Dr. Dave Camwell and Katerina Pavlikova,” Jackson said. 

The event will include the ‘Covert Ensemble,’ a new musical group that is centered around saxophonists Camwell and Pavlikova. 

“The Covert Ensemble was formed during the height of the Covid pandemic, and has often used additional musicians, such as cellists, pianists, and orchestras. The group has toured and recorded extensively in the last 12 months and has amassed a large following in the classical music world,” Camwell said. 

Camwell is a professor at Troy University, teaching saxophone and jazz studies. Pavlikova is a professor at a conservatory of music in Ceske Budjuvice, Czech Republic. 

Camwell said the Covert Ensemble will perform three pieces: ‘Palladio,’ which has been adapted to feature the two artists’ virtuosity; ‘When She Loved Me,’ which is a beautiful piece from the movie ‘Toy Story 2;’ and Dvorak's famous ‘Slavonic Dance N2.’ 

“We are very much looking forward to this collaboration!” Camwell said. 

Jackson said the River Region community has supported the band in many ways during the past five decades.  The band has been continually sponsored and supported by the City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department since the band’s inception, he said.  

“I can say with much certainty that the band would not still be in existence without the support and sponsorship of the City of Montgomery all of these years,” Jackson said. “In addition, the community has supported the band over the years with numerous events, programs and concerts for Montgomery and the River Region area.”

Jackson explained that the Sounds have offered continuity for music lovers. 

“We were the first. Before there was a symphony orchestra, chorale, big band, brass band, etc., there was first the Concert Band,” he said. “In an ever-changing world over the past 50 years, the band has remained and thrived along the way.  Over the last 50 years, citizens have been able to hear and see the band perform various times throughout the year, including the 4th of July Patriotic Celebration and other holiday events.”

The Band now consists of more than 60 members. Jackson said anyone interested in joining the band should contact him at capitolsounds@gmail.com or visit the group’s website capitolsounds.org or Facebook page.

While admission is free, all groups performing appreciate any donations. 

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Capitol Sounds Concert Band celebrating 50 years with March 24 concert

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