Bloomfield Youth Band Performs ‘Philip Sparke Returns’

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


Philip Sparke Returns

Philip Starke, one of the world’s most famous and prolific composers of music for concert bands, returns to Bloomfield to guest conduct the Bloomfield Youth Band in the band’s final performance of their 27th year on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm at Bloomfield High School. Mr. Sparke, a resident of London, made his first trip to Bloomfield to conduct the band last June.

The Bloomfield Youth Band is led by Patrick Burns, who founded the ensemble in August 1986 and has directed the band for 27 years. The Youth Band has been recognized by the Township of Bloomfield, the New Jersey Legislature, and the United States Congress for its artistic excellence and years of dedicated service to the town and State.

Mr. Sparke will conduct two of his own compositions, highlighted by Masquerade, a 16-minute epic work. Also featured at the performance will be clarinet soloist Kieyara Shields, a Bloomfield High School junior, who will perform the theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso. Bloomfield High School Band Director, Mr. Brendan Hughes, will perform The Old Grumbly Bear, a delightfully humorous piece written for bass clarinet and band.

The band will also perform Patrick Burns’ Fantasy on “Salve Regina”, David Gillingham’s Crest of Honor March, Claude T. Smith’s Emperata Overture, and Eric Whitacre’sThe Seal Lullaby, featuring piano soloist Brian Rosson, a Rutherford High School junior.

Bloomfield Youth Band Performs ‘Philip Sparke Returns’
Who:
 All ages.
What: Mr. Sparke will conduct two of his own compositions, highlighted by Masquerade, a 16-minute epic work. Also featured at the performance will be clarinet soloist Kieyara Shields, a Bloomfield High School junior, who will perform the theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso. Bloomfield High School Band Director, Mr. Brendan Hughes, will perform The Old Grumbly Bear, a delightfully humorous piece written for bass clarinet and band.
Where: Bloomfield High School (Auditorium), 160 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm
Cost: General admission is $15, but if patrons print out the above flyer and present it at the door, they will be admitted for only $10.

3 Comments

  1. POSTED BY gfp930  |  May 31, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I love The Bloomfield Youth Band!

    My older daughter played flute in this group for three years when she was in high school (MHS 2008 graduate) and had a great experience. The conductor, Patrick Burns, is a wonderful and inspiring teacher.

    If you are looking for a terrific group for your high school (or college) student to play in, you should definitely check this out.

    If you are looking for a great evening of music and to be inspired by the talent of young musicians, you should also definitely check this out!

    Gail Prusslin

  2. POSTED BY donp814  |  June 02, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    I’ve known Pat Burns for years and his Bloomfield Youth Band is top notch! He’s an amazing teacher, conductor and mentor to each young musician and the discipline and artistry he instills is unmatched!
    Georgette: thanks for publishing this article! I understand neither of the Bloomfield newspapers will guarantee publication of any BYB articles or announcements.

  3. POSTED BY donp814  |  June 02, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I’ve known Pat Burns for years and his Bloomfield Youth Band is top notch! He’s an amazing teacher, conductor and mentor to each young musician and the discipline and artistry he instills is unmatched!
    Georgette: thanks for publishing this article! I understand neither of the Bloomfield newspapers will guarantee publication of any BYB articles or announcements.

    Suzanne Pennell

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