Woodinville Community Band plays de Meij’s Lord of the Rings

“A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.” ~ Elvis Presley


The Woodinville Community Band is my all time favorite community band. It has a world-class director, very focused and passionate band members and board, and plays some very cool music. This year we will be tilting our lance at the Johan de Meij Symphony No. 1, Lord of the Rings for concert wind band.

image“Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals. This Symphony is based on Tolkien’s best-selling novels of the same name, was his first composition for wind orchestra.

It received the prestigious Sudler Composition Award in 1989. In 2001, the orchestral version was premiered by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The Lord of the Rings has been recorded by renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra.” ~ Wikipedia

If it has been a while since you have been to a live concert, come support local community music and prepared to be surprised at the quality and intensity that this concert will present.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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