By Erik Jenkins
College of the Desert’s Symphonic Band class will be performing their Spring 2015 Semester Concert on May 12, and will feature a guest performance from the Indio High School Wind Symphony Band.
The COD Symphonic Band has been practicing once a week, all semester long for their performance, and are excited to finally reach their course goal.
Raziq Noorali, a trombone player for the band, is confident about the show. “We’ve been practicing quite a bit,” he said. Noorali has been playing trombone for 9 years.
“The program is cool, but small. I don’t know how to improve it,” said Noorali, regarding music at College of the Desert. “I’m a physics major, but I plan to play an instrument for the rest of my life.” He is, however, unsure about the future of symphonic music. “It’s always changing and relatively unstable, so it’s hard to tell,” he stated.
COD’s Symphonic Band is led by director Michael Fleischmann. Fleischmann, an adjunct professor, has been conducting students since 2004. He has conducted both high school and middle school bands, as well as college level.
Professor Fleischmann received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California. In addition, he received his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from California State University, Fullerton.
John Freeman will direct Indio High School’s Wind Symphony Band. Indio High School will open the show with COD’s Symphonic Band closing the evening.
The list of songs the band is set to perform includes Steven Bryant’s “Wings That Work,” E. E. Bagley’s “National Emblem,” Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Fingal Cave.”
The event will be open to the public. Admission is free, but attendees may donate a $5 to $10 good will fee which can be collected at the event.
The College of the Desert Symphonic Band’s Spring 2015 Semester Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 12 in the Pollock Theatre. The show begins at 7 p.m., and will go on until 8:30 p.m.
The Pollock Theatre will also host a Choral Concert: Chamber and Jazz Singers directed by Tim Bruneau the following day on May 13, followed by Student-Directed One Acts on May 15 and continuing on to May 16.