SC4 Symphonic Band sets audience’s toes a tappin’

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

   The SC4 Symphonic Band took audience members on a ride in a musical time machine as they presented their “Moments in Time” concert this Saturday.

   Old and young flooded into the McMorran Place Auditorium to hear seven pieces from significant eras in American history, ranging from the Roarin’ Twenties, to the attack on Pearl Harbor to the Blues Brothers.

   Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Tahiti Trot” featured the familiar “Tea for Two” melody and literally got audience member’s toes tapping.

   According to the “Moments in Time” program, “Tahiti Trot” was published in 1926 and written in just 45 minutes.

   The concert also featured two pieces from composer John Williams, who is responsible for composing movie scores from such films as “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “Indiana Jones.”

   Williams’ pieces, “The March from 1941” and “Midway March,” gave off a very patriotic feel.

   Donning sunglasses, the SC4 Symphonic Band played “The Blues Brothers Revue” for their final number. It included a medley of songs such as “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Soul Man,” “Soul Finger” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

   The Blues Brothers were originally founded as a “Saturday Night Live” sketch by comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and eventually evolved into a blues and soul revivalist band.

   Concert attendee and SC4 student, Erilee Lowe of Marine City, seemed to enjoy herself.

   “The last song was very entertaining,” she said. “Overall, it was a good concert.”

   According to the “Moments in Time” program, before the founding of the SC4 Symphonic Band, Port Huron had its own symphonic band, running from 1847 to 1958. With help from a grant from the Gannett Foundation and SC4’s Friends of the Arts program, the band was restarted in 1978.

   The SC4 Symphonic Band is under the direction of Carl Gippert and made up of around 50 college students, community musicians and advanced high school students.

   Also in attendance was Marysville resident Kim Madis, SC4 alumnus and original member of the 1978 group.

   “The concert was great. They played some very challenging pieces; not your average ‘band’ material. Very professional sounding,” she said.

   In case you missed “Moments in Time,” you can catch the SC4 Symphonic Band at the Pre-Commencement Concert Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the McMorran Place Main Arena or the “Summer Twilight” Concert Series, beginning Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Port Huron Northern Performing Arts Center.

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