12:35 p.m. March 13, 2013,

Allie Hurley

Gary Hall presents the LCCC Wind Symphony and community members at the end of the "Pulse of Africa" concert March 12.

Wind Symphony brings rhythms of Africa to LCCC

The Wind Symphony, a collaboration of Laramie County Community College students and community members, performed its “Pulse of Africa” concert.

Gary Hall, instructor of instrumental music, said: “It is all about the music and to better the people involved. “I spend countless hours researching music through YouTube and other sources to find the music that will help us become better as a group,” he said.

He looks specifically for pieces with complex rhythms to challenge the band.

“I chose Africa to be the theme because African-style music is completely different from most of the Westernized music we hear,” Hall said. “From a young age, people of African culture are emerged in rhythms. This means they are far more complex than we are used to while the melody and harmony is rather simple.”

In most Westernized pieces it is completely reversed. The concert will offer three unique instruments such as the log drum, djembe and flextone. All the percussionists will have special parts to play in the concert; oboe solos and horn parts will also be featured.

Sounds from wild

What will make the “Pulse of Africa” unique will be the differences in moods among the pieces and the cultures that inspired the pieces. Hall said he didn’t know which pieces he would choose. However, Hall did say he would choose several selections:

• “Today is the gift” by Samuel R. Hazo, which was commissioned by the Midwest Clinic in 2005 in memory of Rosa Parks and her struggles on behalf of civil rights.

• “Africa: Ceremony, song and ritual” by Robert W. Smith because it entertains with all the mystery, fire and spirit of Africa.

• “Kilimanjaro, an African portrait” by Robert Washburn which is a sound portrait of African people and heritage in three movements.

• “Celebration Tribalesque” by Randall D. Standridge, member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

• “Ngoma za Kenya” by Paul Basler, which is played in two movements, reflecting the joy and peace of the Kenyan people.

• “Echos of Egypt” by Nicholas Baratta, a member of the ASCAP, which transports listeners to the mystical land of Egypt.

• Lastly, a service march called “Algeria” by Karl L. King made in 1943 during World War II.

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