The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble is looking for musicians in all sections as it gears up for its 2019-20 season.
The community band will hold the first rehearsal of the new season in the band room of Waldport’s Crestview Heights school at 6:30 pm on Monday, Sept. 16. There are no auditions, but people wishing to join should be able to read music and have an instrument of their own, rented or borrowed.
Percussion players are especially needed, but all woodwind, brass and string bass are welcome.
The band is made up of high school and adult players, ranging from advanced beginner to professional. The band’s repertoire favors transcriptions of light classical pieces, Broadway show tunes, marches and seasonal favorites. Regular concerts are held in Yachats, Florence and Newport, the first being the Seasonal Celebration Concert on December 14 in Yachats.
The ensemble rehearses alternately in Florence and Waldport. After its initial session at Crestview Heights, the next rehearsal will be held in the Siuslaw High School in Florence on Monday, Sept. 23.
The band is currently under the leadership of Jerry Lees and David Olson. This will be Lees’ second season with the band, having moved up from a career as band teacher and professional trumpet player in southern California. Olson has conducted the band for several years, as well as conducting choral groups in Florence.
Lees has selected a wide-ranging repertoire for the coming season, including a movement from Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, “A Salute to Broadway,” “Variations on America,” several seasonal selections plus a few novelty numbers, including a “Trombone Rag.”