First Night Fun!
September 27, 2005
Frank Ticheli, composer

First we step off to Rocky Point Holiday, a furiously fast, rollicking romp.  Next you’ll be treated to pure genius in the Finale to Charles Ives’ Symphony #2.  Then we’ll race through the absolute best, most favorite circus march of all time, Thunder and Blazes.  Finally, we’ll introduce you to Frank Ticheli, an honest-to-goodness living, breathing composer who’ll tell you all about his own Shenandoah and his Symphony #2. This one’s for everybody who played in the band or ever wanted to!

Fanfare: A Hero’s Welcome – Greg Barnes (Apple Valley, MN)
Ron Nelson: Rocky Point Holiday
Charles Ives: Finale from Symphony #2
Frank Ticheli: Shenandoah
Julius Fucik: Thunder & Blazes (Entry of the Gladiators)
Frank Ticheli: Symphony #2

That’s How It’s Dunn
October 25, 2005
Drew Lang, marimba

A loving remembrance of DWS Founding Conductor Howard T. Dunn.  He was the real deal – a big guy with a big heart.  Made music happen out of sheer love.  A gentle soul and friend to all.  Howard left our world a whole lot better than the way he found it.  Always told his band students to “Play Happy Notes.”  And so we will, Mr. Dunn… so we will.

Fanfare: A Fanfare for Frederick Fennell – Nathan Langfitt (Baton Rouge, LA)
Roger Nixon: Fiesta del Pacifico
John Gibson: Resting in the Peace of His Hands
G. Bradley Bodine: Concerto for Marimba
W. Francis McBeth: Wine From These Grapes
Paul Hindemith: Symphony in Bb
John Philip Sousa: The Black Horse Troop (encore)

Broadway Curtain Time!
November 15, 2005
Beverley Benda, soprano
Michael Ford, tenor

Is there anything better than a Broadway show tune?  Yes – a whole night filled with them!  It’s hard for the band to play their horns and sing at the same time, so we’ve drafted a couple of singing sergeants from the U.S. Army Band.  Direct from Washington, they are Master Sergeant Beverley Benda and Sergeant First Class Michael Ford.  Two beautiful voices.  Fifty great players.  One dazzling night!

Fanfare: The Maestro’s Flourish – William Harbinson (Boone, NC)
Meredith Willson: 76 Trombones
Richard Rogers: Oklahoma!
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Phantom of the Opera
arr. John Krance: Broadway Curtain Time!
Richard Rogers/arr. Floyd Werle: Scenario from ‘South Pacific’
George M. Cohan: Medley
Julia Ward Howe/Irving Berlin: America – God Bless America (encore)

A Holly Jolly Christmas!
Thursday, December 22 & Friday, December 23, 2005
Maria Teresa Gomez, soprano

Our special gift to you at Christmas time.  The Meyerson all decked out for the holidays.  The lovely voice of Maria Teresa Gomez.  Fall in love all over again with your Yuletide favorites.  Join us for an old-fashioned carol sing-along.  Share the joys of the season with your family and friends.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Fanfare: Gloria In Excelsis – David Lovrien (Plano, TX)
arr. Kenneth Biershenk: A Festive Christmas
J.S. Bach/arr. Alfred Reed: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Tchaikovsky/arr. Hindsley: Excerpts from ‘The Nutcracker’
Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Alfred Reed: Russian Christmas Music
Johann Strauss: Donner und Blitzen Polka
Morton Gould: Jingle Bells
Percy Grainger: Sussex Mummer’s Carol
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Adolphe Adam/arr. John Gibson: O Holy Night
Traditional: Christmas Sing-along
arr. Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival

Band Geeks Unite!
January 31, 2006
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony
Mary Preston, Organ

Life would be better if more folks played in the band!  So here are two great bands.  And a couple of cool conductors.  Over one hundred wind players on stage.  The Dallas Wind Symphony and the amazing students of the GDYO Wind Symphony.  The mighty Lay Family Concert Organ pipes in for the ending-to-end-all-endings with David Maslanka’s awesome Symphony #4.  Band geeks rule!

Fanfare: Symphony Fanfare – Tadd Russo (Baltimore, MD)
GDYO Wind Symphony, David Kehler, conductor:
Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore
  Malcolm Arnold: English Dances, Book 1
Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor:
  Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday Overture
  David Maslanka: In Memoriam
Combined groups:
  John Philip Sousa: King Cotton
  David Maslanka: Symphony No. 4

Swing Band Valentine!
February 14, 2006
Jeff Helmer, conductor & piano

Romance is on the wind.  Our swinging salute to the Big Bands is back!  Jump, jive and boogie the night away to the fabulous sounds of the DWS & the DWS Swing Orchestra.  It’s a REALLY BIG, big band.  Share this Valentines evening with the love of our life.

Fanfare: On The Head of a Pin – Craig Thomas Naylor (Fredericksburg, VA)
Nobody’s Sweetheart (Paul Whiteman)
Whispering (Paul Whiteman)
Ellington Medley (Duke Ellington)
Wrappin’ It Up (Fletcher Henderson)
Memories of You (Eubie Blake, Benny Goodman)
Avenue C (Count Basie)
American Patrol 
(Glenn Miller)
St. Louis Blues March (Jerry Gray)
All The Things You Are (arr. Dean Bouras)
Begin The Beguine (Jerry Gray)
Woodchoppers’ Ball (Woody Herman)
Sing, Sing, Sing (Benny Goodman)
Medley, “The Sentimental Gentleman” (Tommy Dorsey)
In The Mood (Glenn Miller)

Special Appearance – Texas Music Educators Association
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Lila Cockrell Theater, San Antonio Convention Center
The Shelly Berg Trio, guest artists

Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday
Julius Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators (Thunder and Blazes)
Gustav Holst: First Suite in Eb
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Wolfgang Mozart: Adagio from “gran partita”, Serenade No. 10 in Bb, K. 361
Evans: My Bells
Gabriel Faure: Pavane
Lennon/McCartney: Blackbird

Maestro Magic!
Friday, March 3, 2006
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Jerry Junkin & Ten of America’s Best Bandmasters

One night only!  Jerry Junkin & ten of America’s best bandmasters go head-to-head in our “Battle of the Batons” at Richardson’s Eisemann Center.  Join the party as we headline the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association. At last, you’ll figure out how many conductors it takes to change a lightbulb…

Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday
arr. Frank Ticheli: Shenandoah
Julius Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators (Thunder and Blazes)
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Gustav Holst: First Suite in Eb
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Roger Nixon: Fiesta Del Pacifico
Mozart: Adagio from “gran partita”
John Mackey: Redline Tango
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2

Pulling Out The Stops!
March 14, 2006
Mary Preston, Organ

Everything on this show uses the Lay Family Concert Organ.  With 4,535 pipes, this big baby moves a lot of wind.  Then again, the guys & gals of the DWS have been known to move some air too.  And they’re always up for a challenge.  So, we’re betting Mary’s gonna have to pull out every last stop just to keep up!  Wind warnings have been posted.

Fanfare: Burn – Roland Barrett (Norman, OK)
Alfred Reed: Allelujah!  Laudemus Te
David Maslanka: A Child’s Garden of Dreams
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations

April 18, 2006

Make no mistake.  This is no girly-band!  We’re delivering a bushel basket of bold, brassy, band blockbusters.  Plus there’s the World Premiere of Children of Pearl Harbor by DWS resident composer John Gibson.  Truly a band fan’s dream come true.  You’ll have a blast!

Fanfare: Gothic Fanfare – Ellen Vanderslice (Dallas, TX)
David Lovrien: To Awaken A Sleeping Giant
William Schumann: When Jesus Wept
John Gibson: Children of Pearl Harbor (WORLD PREMIERE)
Morton Gould: American Salute
Vaclav Nehlybel: Trittico
Dmitri Shostakovich/arr. Hunsberger: Festive Overture

Happy Birthday America!
July 4, 2006 – Shows at 1pm & 4pm
Mike Holbrook, Guest Conductor

It’s our annual red, white and blue salute to the USA.  We’ve got toe-tapping marches.  Plenty of hot dogs & ice cream.  Flag waving patriotic songs.  A children’s costume contest.  And an 11-foot tall Uncle Sam.  Nobody does Independence Day better than America’s Premier Windband… and guess what?  It’s air-conditioned!

DWS Fife & Drum Corps: Civil War Medley – arr. David Lovrien
John Philip Sousa: On Parade
Robert Jager: Esprit de Corps
Karl King: The Melody Shop
George M. Cohan: Star-Spangled Salute
Philip Egner: The Official West Point March
Alfred Reed: Rushmore
John Philip Sousa: Hail to the Spirit of Liberty (encore)
John Krance: Midnight Fire Alarm!
Claudio Grafulla: Washington Grays
D. W. Reeves: Yankee Doodle Fantasy Humoresque
R. B. Hall: New Colonial March
Franz Von Suppe/arr. Henry Fillmore: Light Cavalry Overture
John Philip Sousa: The Freelance
Karl King: Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite
Leroy Anderson: A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
   Tim Andersen, trumpet
arr. Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon: America, the Beautiful
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever! (encore)