The Dearborn Heights Citadel Band (Bandmaster Tom Hanton) welcomed Brett Tolcher, principal trombone of the Chicago Staff Band, as its guest soloist for its Thanksgiving Concert.
The band opened with Hallelujah! (James Curnow). This festival prelude, based on the familiar tune “Falcon Street”, was composed for the Chicago Staff Band’s centenary. Bandmaster Hanton then welcomed the audience and introduced the guest soloist for the evening.
Before hearing from the guest soloist, however, the band featured his brother, Alan Tolcher, who is principal cornet of the Dearborn Heights Citadel Band. Alan played When I Remember (David Catherwood). The band then presented Are You Joyful? (Dudley Bright).
The first item from guest soloist Brett Tolcher was Peter Graham’s Fiesta!. Written in a Latin American style, this piece showcased Tolcher’s skill and technique. Adding to the style of the piece were Bill Roberts and Collin Holman, of the Royal Oak Citadel Band, who joined the Dearborn Heights band on percussion for this concert. After this performance, Tolcher accompanied the Dearborn Heights Citadel Songsters (Songster Leader Heather Hanton) on trombone with Colleen Dahl on piano in a beautiful setting of People Need the Lord, with a slide show highlighting the lyrics of the song.
Following this, Tolcher shared his testimony, describing how God used a Beatles song to lead him to the truth that God is in control of our lives and we do not have to worry because we are in His hands. Fittingly, he then offered an elegant rendition, on piano, of I’m in His Hands (Stanley Ditmer/Phil Laeger).
The final item of the first half was Christ-Hymn (Robert Redhead). With excellent contributions from the solo cornet section, temple blocks from Bill Roberts, beautiful ensemble work by the trombones and a nice flügelhorn sound from Sarah Beavers, this was one of the highlights of the night.
After a brief intermission, the band brought things back to focus with a superb take on He Is Exalted (Martin Cordner). Brett Tolcher returned with Song to Lotta, accompanied by Casey Baker on piano. This item showcased his beautiful melodic playing and mastery of the trombone.
A highlight of the second half of the program was Such Love (Richard Phillips), which began with Tolcher at the piano, joined by subtle entries from the horns, baritones, euphoniums and trombones. The melody was passed around the band, with the cornets eventually joining in as Tolcher continued to add ornaments from the piano.
Bass trombone and Dearborn Heights Citadel corps officer Captain Caleb Senn thanked both Tolcher and Baker for their contributions. He then gave a devotional based on the band’s previous piece, centered on God’s love.
The concert ended with the band performing Hillcrest (Bruce Broughton). Composed by a noted writer of film scores, this march is reminiscent of the composer’s music for the Western Silverado.
Report posted on the TroyFred Productions web site