Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. ― Khalil Gibran

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Profiles of The Band Members

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It's all about the music, which means it's all about the way each band member, whether its the concert band or swing band, adds their sound to the whole. Get to know the band members in these brief profiles, which are posted from time to time as part of the series, Getting to Know the Band.

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July 29, 2017 |

Charlie Christian Born This Date in 1916

The first important electric guitarist, Christian played his instrument with the fluidity, confidence, and swing of a saxophonist.

July 3, 2017 |

Leos Janacek Born This Date in 1854

The Czech composer was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style.

June 27, 2017 |

Chico O’Farrill Dies This Date in 2001

Although best known for his work in Afro-Cuban jazz, O’Farrill also composed traditional jazz pieces and even symphonic works.

June 26, 2017 |

Gilberto Gil Turns 75 Today

A pioneer in “world music,” Gil also served as Minister of Culture for Brasil.

June 25, 2017 |

Telemann Dies This Date in 1767

Almost completely self-taught in music, Georg Telemann became a composer against his family’s wishes.

June 20, 2017 |

Andre Watts Turns 71 Today

The acclaimed classical pianist made his public debut at the age of nine, playing Haydn’s D major Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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