The Orcas Island Community Band is offering a special mid-week concert in honor of the warmer season.
The group will present “In Spring Birds Sing” on Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m. at Orcas Center. Admission is by donation.
“We chose the show title because we felt that all of the songs we perform have strong melodies and are hummable/singable,” said Karen Speck, who is conducting the show alongside Jim Shaffer-Bauck.
Song selections include such works as “March and Procession of Bacchus,” “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” “An American in Paris,” “Encanto” and “Coney Island Washboard.”
“We are particularly proud of a graduating senior student, Tim Jenson. He composed ‘The Eastsound Yomp’ as part of his senior project,” Speck said. “Throughout the years, many students have tried composition, but I see Tim’s as truly a march tune that will survive and be played by bands around the country!”
French horn player Jenson says the word yomp is a British army phrase for a long trek with weighty equipment and stands for Your Own Marching Pace. His original composition is a Sousa-eqsue march.
“I have always enjoyed composing, and I wanted to give something back to the Community Band, which has supported me and my family since we moved to the island,” Tim told the Music Advocacy Group back in May.
His parents and sister all perform with the band. This is the first time that Jenson has composed a piece for such a large ensemble. It is also his first experience of conducting the Community Band.
“I am extremely grateful for the support from Karen Key Speck, Darren Dix, and the High School and Community bands,” he said.