Symphonic Band presenting “Spring Fling” concert


The Lake Country Symphonic Band in Mineola will present “Spring Fling” on stage at the Historic Select Theater in downtown Mineola. The second of its four-concert season, the performances will be Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m., and Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Reservations are essential as concerts always sell out. The box office will open one hour prior to the performances, with doors opening 30 minutes prior.

The program will feature the world premiere performance of Whiskey in the Jar, composed by Dave Lovrien of the Dallas Winds. This is the third piece Lovrien has written for the ensemble. Lena Hughes, a senior at Mineola High School, will also perform Concert Etude by Russian composer Alexander Goedicke for trumpet and band.

Also on the program are Der Lehrmeister (The Master Teacher); a combination of the British bugle call The Last Post with the hymn Abide With Me; Fantasy on an Early American Marching Tune based on The Girl I Left behind Me; Glory and Triumph by Hector Berlioz; Sousa’s march The Pathfinder of Panama; Glenn Miller’s classic In the Mood; Ippolitov-Ivanon’s Procession of the Sardar; John Mackey’s Strange Humors;  a Bach-styled fugue based on the music of Lady Gaga; and a rollicking jig titled Winter on Emerald Bay.

The concert will also honor the high school seniors in the band, some of whom will be playing their final concert.

The members of the Lake Country Symphonic Band come from all over East Texas, ranging in age from 13 to 81. Older musicians play alongside students representing schools in Mineola, Quitman, Hawkins, Sulphur Springs and Spring Hill, and college students from TJC and Texas A&M Commerce.

Several local band directors and assistant directors are also in the symphony.

Following this concert the band will begin preparing for its 4th of July concert to be performed at the Mineola Civic Center prior to the fireworks.