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Camden Community Concert Band to perform Sunday

Posted: March 4, 2014 5:06 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will present its winter concert on Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Camden High School. Start time is 3 p.m. and admission is free. The CCCB is under direction of founding conductor Pat Wylie. This concert season ia Wylie's last as conductor. After more than 30 years as the band's leader, he ia stepping down as the conductor. "We are dedicating this season to Pat," said Johnny Deal, the band's business manager. "Pat is the reason the CCCB has been in our community for over 30 years."

Many of Wylie’s favorite songs are being performed at Sunday’s concert. One of those favorites is Big Band Feature which was the first piece commissioned by the CCCB. It was arranged by Dick Goodwin, and is inscribed: "For Doug Graham and the Camden Community Concert Band."

The premier performance was at the National Band Association’s Biennial Conference in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1984. Though unpublished it has been performed a number of times, both by the CCCB as well as ensembles at University of South Carolina and the Palmetto Concert Band. Graham holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina and will perform with the band on Sunday.

Another commissioned piece being performed Sunday is Rhapsody on American Shaped Notes Melodies. This piece was arranged by James Curnow and commissioned in memory of William Harold (Bill) Basden, Band Director at Camden High School, 1958-1976 by the CCCB and the band directors and band booster organizations of the Kershaw County Schools, and supported by donations from his friends, colleagues, former students and family.

Yet another commissioned piece being performed is Tales of Dundee. Composer Robert Sheldon created this piece, commissioned by Wylie’s family in 2005, in celebration of his 40 years as a music educator, and 25 years as Conductor of the CCCB. Utilizing familiar Scottish tunes and celebrating the Wylie Family’s Scottish Heritage, the piece was intentionally designed to be playable by middle school bands, with whom Wylie spent the majority of his public school music career.

The last commissioned piece for Sunday is Moravian Folk Rhapsody. This original composition was commissioned in 2004 by Robert Sheldon for the CCCB in cooperation with the band directors and band booster organizations of the Camden city schools, the Lugoff-Elgin area schools and the North Central area schools. The work is in memory of Guy Starr Hutchins Sr., "master musician, devoted teacher and loyal friend to the CCCB –- a true Johnny Appleseed of the music world".

Other songs being performed Sunday include, If, made popular by American singer-songwriter David Gates in 1971. It was arranged and will be conducted by CCCB Associate Conductor Robert Wertz and features soloist Mike Clyburn playing the band’s Jackie Napper Memorial Flugelhorn and Scottish Traditions arranged by Pat Wylie’s son, Carl. This piece is another nod to the Scottish Heritage of the Wylie family.

(Story and photos by Johnny Deal)

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