Conducted by the esteemed Robert Halseth
Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, Conducted by Robert Halseth Present a Spring Concert 2017
The Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, along with its esteemed conductor Robert Halseth, was recognized in 2016 for being one of two outstanding community concert bands in the USA. Don’t miss their annual spring concert on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin. Program highlights include Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Shostakovich, Bernstein’s Suite from Mass and the tunes of Duke Ellington. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors and students. Parking on weekends is free. The performance is sponsored by Sierra College Friends of the Library. Check www.sierranevadawinds.org or call (530) 269-0395 for further information.
The Sierra Nevada Winds and conductor Dr. Robert Halseth have been awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll by The John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Foundation lists the Silver Scroll as North America’s Most Prestigious Award for Community Concert Bands. The Sudler Silver Scroll is presented yearly to an American community band which has met high standards of excellence in musical performance, as well as taking a leading musical role in their respective communities.
The application process was complex. Photos of the band and Dr. Halseth, past concert programs, letters of recommendation from past conductors and community members, press clippings and a 35-minute CD of music performed were required. These were reviewed by a 15-member committee. In the 28 years since its inception, only two other California bands have been awarded the honor.
The Winds, composed of 48 brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, joined together in 1990 for the pleasure of performing as an ensemble. Many of the members have played with the Sacramento, Camellia and other symphonies, as well as with notable military bands. The ensemble rehearses weekly at Placer High School.
The group has performed in concert halls, parks and other venues throughout the Sierra and Sacramento Valley. It has become known for a varied musical repertoire that ranges from Big Band jazz to serious classical music and from marches to show tunes. They particularly delight in performing works by contemporary composers.