Sept. 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wharton County Junior College Band trombone players, from left, Jacob Puente from Needville and Cooper Hawk from Wharton rehearse for the upcoming Leroy Anderson concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus.
WHARTON, TEXAS – Unusual instruments and guest performers will highlight the Wharton County Junior College Band’s first performance of the Fall 2018 season.
“The WCJC Band Presents: Leroy Anderson” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The show is open to the public and admission is free.
The performance will feature songs by American composer Leroy Anderson, known for his creative instrumentals and incorporation of uncommon items like sandpaper and typewriters. WCJC Band Director Joe Waldrop will use a typewriter, sandpaper and several homemade instruments during the concert.
“I built these wacky instruments and we’ve arranged to have members of the WCJC staff come out and play them,” Waldrop said. “Leroy Anderson did all of these ‘tongue and cheek’ pieces and I wanted to showcase those to the public since they are light and fun.”
Guest performers will include WCJC employees, including Manager of College Recruitment Julie Aaronson, Director of Dental Hygiene Carol Derkowski, Vice-President of Student Services Dave Leenhouts, Instructor of Drama Jami Hughes, Instructor of Speech Patrick Ralls and Instructor of English Angela McCain.
Waldrop said the songs have presented quite a few challenges due to their quick time signature, complex rhythm and the inclusion of so many non-traditional instruments. He said his students have done an admirable job of tackling the challenges head on and putting in the time and effort needed to master the selections.
Band members include:
- Flute: Andrew Blume of Rosenberg and Destiny Denton on Wharton
- Clarinet: Rocio Alanis of El Campo, John “Trace” Cary of Sugar Land and Evan Stavena of Wharton
- Bass Clarinet: Jaquelin Brito of Ganado
- Alto Saxophone: Brenden Steen of Blessing
- Tenor Saxophone: Erika Espinosa of Palacios and Tyler Korff of Markham
- Bari Saxophone: Jovany Alvarez of Ganado
- French Horn: Hendrix Nunez-Cruz of Rosenberg
- Trumpet: Steven Gonzales of El Campo, Cody Kelner of East Bernard, Donovan Krpec of El Campo, Ariana Moreno of Palacios, Nakeal Roberts of Richmond and Ethan Weinberg of Danevang
- Euphonium: Sarah Felder of El Campo
- Trombone: Olivia Adams of Bay City, Alyssa Chapa of Wharton, Cooper Hawk of Wharton, Jacob Puente of Damon and Angel Ramos of Orchard
- Tuba: Catherine Cantrell of Houston and Pablo Martinez of Wharton
- Percussion: Jaclyn Guajardo of Needville, Jose Martinez of East Bernard and Alexis Nieves of Rosenberg