Mat-Su Concert Band Performs Musician Favorites At March Concert

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Contributed by Drewcilla Holifield, Mat-Su Concert Band

Mat-Su Concert Band  March Concert
3/3/2018 – 7PM
Mat-Su Concert Band
The Glenn Massay Theater
E 8295 College Dr. Palmer
Tickets: FREE Children (Ages 0-5), $7 Students, $15 General

The Mat-Su Concert Band will play a concert hand-picked by its own members at The Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer at 7:30p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd.  

Because the musicians got to select the pieces, the “Our Favorites” concert program features an eclectic blend that ranges from wind-band classics, “Procession of the Nobles”, to the stark beauty of “Finlandia” and familiar more contemporary melodies of “Star Trek” and “Cinderella”. 

There’s some Sousa in there too, of course. 

The concert has an intermission. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $7 for students and children under 5 get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

The band will play “Procession of the Nobles” from the ballet-opera “Mlada” by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov. The stirring piece is always a favorite for its rousing trumpet fanfares and melodic wind flourishes.  

Two other classic wind band pieces are on the program: “Toccata Marziale” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, an influential British composer known for his very “English” and folk song-inspired sound and “Moorside March” by Gustav Holst, the foundational modern wind composer. “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, with its deep, rich sound, is a perfect match for a late winter concert. “Symphonic Suite from Star Trek” by Michael Giacchino takes chunks from the soundtrack of the 2009 blockbuster reboot of the 1960s TV show. The band is also playing the overture for concert band from “Cinderella”, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.  

About Mat-Su Concert Band:
The Band got its start in 1984 as the Mat-Su Community Band, formed by Matanuska Music owner Hank Hartman. Other directors have included Neil Long and Phil Munger. 

Current director Gleo Huyck is a retired music educator and private instructor. Under Huyck’s baton, the band performs a wide-ranging selection of challenging music. The Band this season numbers about 70 amateur musicians who assemble every Monday night for rehearsals at Teeland Middle School.