University City Summer Band
The 2013 season of the University City Summer Band will begin on Tuesday, June 11. Concerts are held in the Market on Delmar in the UCity Loop (6655 Delmar). All concerts start at 7 pm and last about 75 minutes with a short intermission. You may come and go as you please. Bring a lawn chair as available seating is limited. Bring your children!!
THE THEME FOR THE 2012 SEASON IS "The word for tonight is…."". SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF EACH CONCERT:
June 11 "...SYMPHONIC" . Delmar Gardens March, Holst Second Suite for Band, Trombone Soloist Jonathan Reycraft.
June 18: "... DECADES". Washington Post March, My Fair Lady, Blues Brothers Revue.
June 25 : "...AMERICANA". The Blue and the Gray, Armed Forces Salute, Stars and Stripes Forever.
July 2: No Concert Is Scheduled
July 9: "...COMEDY". A Salute to Spike Jones. Variations on a Kitchen Sink, Bassoon Soloist Drew Thompson.
July 16: "...WATERMUSIC". Showboat, The Great Steamboat Race, Victory at Sea.
July 23: "...JAZZ/POP". Big Band Favorites, St Louis Blues March, Portrait in Time.
Soloists for the Season include:
JONATHAN REYCRAFT is originally from Long Island, New York, and is the Utility Trombone with the St. Louis Symphony. Prior to this post he spent eight years performing as the Assistant Principal Trombone for the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Reycraft completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the Indiana University School of Music in the spring of 1998, and his Master of Music degree in the same discipline from the University of Maryland in 2005. Mr. Reycraft has been a finalist in the Minnesota Orchestra Zellmer Competition and the winner of the National Solo Competition held at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. He has been featured as a soloist with the United States Naval Academy Band as well as the Atlantic Wind Symphony on Long Island. Mr. Reycraft's former teachers include Michael Canipe, M. Dee Stewart, Scott Hartman, Dr. Milton Stevens, and John Huling. Jonathan Reycraft also has performed with the Baltimore and National symphony orchestras.
Andrew Thompson was appointed 3rd/Contrabassoon with his hometown orchestra the St. Louis Symphony on February 20th, 2012. In 2011 Thompson was the winner of the Boston Woodwind Society's Bassoon competition. He has spent the last 2 years in Boston working on his Masters at the New England Conservatory with Rick Ranti of the BSO. Before that he studied at DePaul University with David McGill and Bill Buchman of the CSO. While in Chicago Thompson was a regular member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and played several times with the Chicago Symphony, including an appearance as soloist. Other solo appearances have been with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra and DePaul Baroque Ensemble. He has attended the Tanglewood Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. Outside of music Drew enjoys swing dancing and was featured dancing in front of the National Repertory Orchestra during their Fourth of July performances in 2011. Andrew is a native of Webster Groves and a four-year veteran (with three of those years as principal bassoon) of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.
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