Concert Brings ‘Movie Magic’ to Students’ Ears

By Danielle Mohlman

Movie music filled the Recital Hall during the Cal Poly Pomona
Concert Band’s spring concert on Wednesday. The audience filled the
seats of the recital hall and the musicians filled them with
sound.

The concert band, directed by Buddy Clements, called their
concert “The Magic of Movies and Music.”

Before the music began, Clements also informed the audience that
the Concert Band had spent the morning with film composer
Christopher Young whose work has been featured in films such as
“Spiderman 3” and “Lucky You.” Young spent the morning giving a
master’s class on music’s importance in film.

Most of the emotion in people’s favorite films is caused by the
soundtrack behind the actors’ emotion.

The medley of movie music from the 1970s began with the theme
from “Blazing Saddles.” The piece delivered a lot of energy and the
western movie style was entertaining.

The energy continued into the next song, “Symphonic Suite” from
“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

The song opened with a slow and ghostly melody and featured a
French horn solo. A piccolo solo, a trumpet solo and an alto
saxophone solo were also featured in this piece. The music sped up
later in the piece and a pulsing, bass-heavy theme dominated the
sound. Many themes from the movie were woven together in this
suite, encompassing the emotions of the film in a few minutes of
melodies.

“There are some great little gems in here,” said Clements when
he introduced the next piece.

The bombastic theme from Star Wars played from the band, a piece
which is always a fan favorite because of the brassy Sousa-esque
march to it.

“Come back next year and we’ll play the whole thing,” said
Clements in reference to the Star Wars music.

Student conductor Cynthia Amaro conducted the concert band
during Tara’s Theme from “Gone With the Wind.” Amaro led
professionally and the old Hollywood feel of the music was conveyed
emotionally throughout the piece.

The real excitement came through during the concert’s
finale.

“I think that the number one choice when we were deciding what
to play was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,'” said Clements.

The musicians got really into this piece, tapping their toes to
the beat. The familiar themes from the film were seamlessly woven
together, allowing the musicians to showcase different sections of
the concert band.

“My favorite is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ because it is really
dramatic and it’s really fun to play,” said Breanne Hankin,
second-year music business student and flutist in the concert
band.

Other students also expressed their interest in the piece.

“I like ‘Pirates’ because it’s something that everyone has heard
before and it’s a quality piece of music,” said Melody Doo,
third-year zoology student and flutist in the concert band. “It
allows us to excel in our abilities as musicians.”

Danielle Mohlman can be reached by e-mail at
arts@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-3744.

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