Clare concert offers evening of fine music

CLARE — Once again, in conjunction with this year’s Annual Clare Irish Festival, the Gateway Community Band will present its Irish Festival Concert on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare High School Gymnasium. In addition to regular conductor Kenneth Feneley the concert will feature Dr. Dennis Horton, recently retired CMU Brass Band Conductor and Trumpet Professor.

The concert will include marches, spirituals, and concert pieces. Several former CMU students of Dr. Horton and current colleagues will join the concert in “March of the Steel Men” and “Bugler’s Holiday”.

Clare band director, Melissa Sapienza, and band member Lisa (Collom) Benic are former Horton students.

Horton is a fine composer with numerous published compositions and arrangements for brass instruments, brass ensembles, and brass band. He holds the B.M., M.M., and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from the University of Michigan where he studied trumpet with the renowned teacher, Clifford P. Lillya. He is a founding member of the International Trumpet Guild, and holds Honorary Memberships in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

The Gateway Community Band, organized in March, 2005, plays four concerts each year. Members are all volunteer musicians, ranging in age from teenagers to retirees, and come from all over mid-Michigan to play simply because of their love of music.

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