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My Turn: Concord is alive with band music

The Count Basie memorial concert last Sunday at the Capitol Center for the Arts was outstanding. The band and guest drummer Butch Miles received three standing ovations. I kept expecting the drum to break! What a rich experience with so much skill and soul! I loved hearing the history of Count Basie’s band in the Old and New Testament periods. Conductor C.J. Poole and Miles regaled us with great stories of the personalities involved. It was wonderful having the group from Salem High School. Handsome group! I would be very sad to think of the big bands legacy dying out with our older generation.

Meanwhile, one morning this week my husband and our neighbors and I were treated to the talented Concord High School marching band practicing near our home. They will be ready to lift up the crowd at graduation for sure.

The experiences reminded me of the origins of the vocabulary of performances. “Art” is from the Latin ars, artis, f. Please note the feminine gender! The word is technical for skill. We all realize the hours spent in discipline and effort to achieve greatness in any field. Great music is more than skill. It has the soul exhibited in expression.

“Muse,” “music,” “museum” and “amuse” all stem from the Muses of inspiration of the ancient world. Divine inspiration is the logical origin of genius. It stands by itself and lifts those exposed to the heights of enjoyment.

Thank you to all who have worked so hard to achieve and succeeded in mastering your skills to make this a better place. Thank you to the city for keeping its music and arts programs vibrant, filling not only students’ lives with joy, but ours as well. And thank you to the professional musicians who perform their hearts out for us here. And thank you to the Capitol Center for the Arts, which fosters these events and makes them happen. There are two more Moment in Time events to look forward to next season!

(Kathleen Braden lives in Concord.)

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