Parents and family honored by GCCCB 
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Apr 28, 2014 | 657 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Greater Cleveland Community Concert Band returns to Lee University’s Conn Center for its Spring concert, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is "A Mother's Gift, A Father's Pride."

Band conductor Don Bindrum said the band has discussed doing a Mother’s Day show in the past.

“This was just a way to honor moms and dads and put it into one program,” Bindrum said.

Music to be featured during the event was selected based on the story the band wanted to tell.

“The story we wanted to tell was how nurturing your parents are, and how you rely on your dad in one way and you mom in another,” Bindrum said.

He said performance notes for each of the pieces of music were read to ensure that the originator’s thoughts lined up with the theme.

According to a press release, George Olin, a father and grandfather, will open the night with a clarinet solo titled “Stranger on the Shore.” The piece “sets the scene of two people finding one another to start a family.”

The event will also feature a trumpet solo by retired band director Ricky Donegan, a piano performance by Amy Smitty, a vocal solo by Shawnte Michaels (daughter of trombonist Mark Michaels) and an alto saxophone performance by Diane Bingham.

Musicians from Lee University and Cleveland State Community College, along with CSCC’s Vocal Rhapsody, will also perform.

“We try to tell a good story and touch our audience,” Bindrum said.

He said the group focuses on a story that “inspires people, makes them think and brings forth an emotion.”

“‘A Mother's Gift, a Father's Pride,’ will bring a tear to your eye and joy to your heart, as together we celebrate our families and those who are our greatest gift,” stated a press release.

Bindrum said the focus of the group is to promote music awareness in the community and providing “community service through music performance.”

The Greater Cleveland Community Concert Band practices once a week for 12 weeks to put together its hourlong concert.