Meet Elliot Del Borgo, Commission Composer
Lifetime Service Award in Memory of Jeremy Welts
The Case of the Custom Equipment Cabinets Crafted by Cadet Carpenters
Enjoy the Concord Band on CD!
It's Time to Make Your Concord Band Holiday
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Concord Band to Premiere New Del Borgo Commission on Saturday, October 28th
The Concord Band will open its 2006-2007 season at 51 Walden Street in
Concord on Saturday, October 28, 2006 beginning at 8:00 p.m.
This season, Music Director Dr. William G. McManus is planning to feature
the music of two contemporary American composers Elliot Del Borgo
and W. Francis McBeth.
In this concert, the Concord Band is proud to perform the world premiere of
Israeli Folk Suite, a new composition by Elliot Del Borgo that was
commissioned for the Band by Elliot and Bette Finkelstein in honor of
Elliot's 70th birthday.
Elliot plays bass clarinet in the Concord Band.
The concert will open with Majestic March, a magnificent concert
march by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
This composition was transcribed for concert band by William H. Silvester,
who guest conducted the Concord Band in 2003.
Assistant Conductor Paul Berler will take the podium to conduct Psalm
for Band, one of Vincent Persichetti's early works in the band idiom.
To close the first half of the concert, Music Director William McManus will
conduct W. Francis McBeth's Of Sailors and Whales, a five-movement
descriptive suite for concert band based on Herman Melville's Moby
The second half of the concert will feature the music of composer Elliot
To open, Music Director McManus will conduct Del Borgo's Slavonic
Dances, an exciting work based on five authentic Slavonic folk tunes.
Paul Berler will take the podium again to conduct Del Borgo's New
The composer's beautiful setting of Intermezzo Sinfonico from
Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana will be conducted by Bill
To close the concert, composer Elliot Del Borgo will conduct the world
premiere of his newest composition, Israeli Folk Suite.
The Concord Band is honored to have one of America's finest composers
premiere his newest work at 51 Walden Street.
The Concord Band is honored to welcome the eminent composer Elliot Del
Borgo to its 2006 Fall Concert.
Born in Port Chester, New York, Del Borgo holds a B.S. degree from the
State University of New York, an Ed.M. degree from Temple University, and
an M.M. degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory where he studied theory
and composition with Vincent Persichetti and trumpet with Gilbert Johnson.
In 1973, he was granted the doctoral equivalency by the State University of
New York, and was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters
Association in 1993.
Mr. Del Borgo has taught instrumental music in the Philadelphia public
schools and served as Professor of Music at the Crane School of Music (SUNY
An award-winning member of ASCAP, he is widely known as a conductor, and is
also a frequent clinician, lecturer and adjudicator.
Surprisingly, the four Del Borgo pieces to be played by the Concord Band on
October 28th are the first works by this composer the Band has ever
In 2002, the Concord Band Board of Trustees introduced the
Lifetime Service Award to honor individuals whose participation, over a
significant span of time, has made a fundamental difference to the Concord
An Honor Roll has been created and is displayed prominently in the 51
Walden lobby to keep these individuals in our collective long-term memory.
Past Award recipients have been
Bill Burdine and William Toland (2002),
Carl Getz and Robert Turkington (2003),
Gene Parish and William R. Phelan (2004) and
Ed Richter and Bill Siebert (2005).
On October 28, 2006, the Concord Band Lifetime Service Award will be
given in memory of Jeremy Welts.
His Award plaque will read as follows:
From 1963 until 2000, Jerry Welts was what music directors hope for:
outstanding musician, mentor to younger players, selfless section leader
and effective Board member.
Bill Toland, Music Director during most of Jerry's time with the Band,
recalls that Jerry's trombonists were rotated among parts to keep playing
interesting for all of them, but always so that an appropriate player was
assigned to each part.
For a number of years, Jerry took responsibility for lugging and setting up
the Band's very heavy sound system.
He also arranged Trombumba/Bossa for trombone choir and band,
performed in 1998.
We are pleased to honor the memory of Jeremy Welts for his many
contributions to the Concord Band.
Percussionists need playing surfaces and easy access to sticks and small
instruments even during concerts when one of them suddenly realizes
that he is going to have to hit a wood block in 10 seconds and it's still
in the cabinet.
With these requirements and experiences in mind, Dr. Daniel S. Diamond, who
joined the Concord Band in January 1970, began to record exactly 35
years later his ideas of what a combination percussion cabinet/trap
table that would meet the needs of the Concord Band percussion section
would look like.
ZSince 1975, when the Band had made 51 Walden its permanent home, its
percussion section had been using a cabinet modified from a Sears kitchen
Concord Band audiences may recall it as the black cabinet with the purple
shag carpet on top.
The result of Dan's design exercise was a set of drawings for two
cabinets (identical, except that one contained a storage compartment for
suspended cymbals and an attached adjustable-height stand for hanging them
to be played).
One of the design requirements for the two new cabinets was that they take
up, together, the same floor space as the old kitchen cabinet so that they
would fit in the same place in the percussion closet.
Dan, who happens to be Fundrasing Chairman of the Band, knew that the
Band Board had not budgeted for percussion cabinets, never mind
Nevertheless, he decided to show the drawings to the Board.
He had no idea, he said, how much they would cost or how to get them built.
"I'll bet Minuteman High," said Board member Gina DePaoli, a music teacher
in Waltham, "will build them at cost, since we're a nonprofit."
The next step, in February 2005, was to estimate the materials cost of
the new cabinets and to contact carpentry shop instructor Brian Ehle at the
Minuteman Regional High School of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Upon reviewing the drawings, Mr. Ehle indicated that these cabinets would
be a good project for his students, giving them a real-world opportunity to
learn a number of necessary carpentry skills associated with making all
kinds of cabinets that they are sure to encounter frequently in the future.
They could take the project on in the 2005-2006 school year.
Because the materials cost was manageable, the Board approved the budget.
A year and a half later, the new cabinets were ready for use.
The project also benefited Minuteman students in another way.
Funds paid to the school to reimburse lumber costs sent two top carpentry
students, one of whom was very involved in the Band project, to the state
finals of the USA Skills Competition.
Although the Concord Band was able to obtain these wonderful percussion
cabinets/trap tables at a fraction of what they would have cost
commerically, it still costs about $40,000 a year to run the Band.
If you'd like to help out financially, please write a check to The
Concord Band and mail it in the enclosed envelope.
If you have no return envelope, simply send your check to the address at
the top of this newsletter.
Available in a box in the 51 Walden lobby during the Fall Concert will
be an order form for a CD of that evening's concert.
Those who would like a CD of the October 28th concert will be asked to
complete the order form and either return it to the box in the lobby or
mail it in after the concert.
The prepaid price of $15 per CD includes shipping and handling.
Payments must be received by November 13th.
It is anticipated that the CDs will be mailed in early December.
The Concord Band has also published three CDs, which can be ordered by
mail at $15 each, including shipping.
Specify the name of the recording you'd like: A Winter Festival
(featuring music for the winter season, including the premiere performance
of Curnow's Overture to a Winter Festival), The Best of the
Concord Band in Concert: 1992-1994, and The Concord Band Salutes
America (featuring American patriotic music by Bagley, Berlin, Cohan,
Meacham, Nestico and Sousa, among others).
Be sure to use the reservation card enclosed with this mailing to make
your reservations early for the Concord Band's annual Holiday Pops
concerts, to be held at 51 Walden on December 8th and 9th at
There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than to enjoy an
evening of great music and fun in the festive 51 Walden holiday atmosphere!
Holiday Pops with the Concord Band has become a tradition with many area
families and sells out early.
Plan a great evening out with your family, friends, neighbors ... and the
Seating at tables for four is priced at $20 per adult; $15 per child, 12
and under, including beverages and snacks.
Return your reservation card today!
Reservations can also be made by calling 978-897-9969.
Concerts will be held at 51 Walden, Concord, at 8:00pm.
- FALL CONCERT
- Saturday, October 28th
- HOLIDAY POPS
- Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th
for reservations, call 978-897-9969
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