music noteWind Ensemble to travel with Marco Polo through music

Join the Laramie County Community College Wind Ensemble as they trace the journeys of the famous explorer and merchant Marco Polo on Tuesday, March 6, at the Cheyenne Civic Center.

"All our concerts are usually based on one theme," said Gary Hall, LCCC coordinator of instrumental music. "This time we are looking at the travels of Marco Polo."

Arrangement inspired by Marco Polo's book of travels

The idea came from the book Marco Polo kept of his travels. "All of the music we are playing is music from those areas Marco Polo traveled to and wrote about," Hall said.

The Wind Ensemble, made up of about 40 students and about 40 community members, has never played this music before, Hall explained. "We try to play different music and introduce new things to the community. We try to find music that is fun for the audience to listen to," he said.

The music to be performed is from Persia, India, China, Italy (where Marco Polo originated) and other locations he might have traveled along his route, Hall said.

Piece tells story of how dictator burned down Athens

All the songs the Wind Ensemble is playing are very fun and interesting, but he is particularly excited about a song called "Serse." Hall said he liked this piece because it is a cruel march about a dictator who burned down Athens, and it has a lot of very unique effects such as the sounds of marching, chains rattling and even some elephant noises.

"It's a very cool piece," Hall added.

The process for picking the music to be performed starts with a whole list of songs involving the theme. Then, those songs are sight read. Of the many songs, the Wind Ensemble members choose what songs they like best and are the most fun to play. Hall said the ensemble also takes into consideration what songs they think the audience would enjoy most.

"Choosing music this way gets us going in a direction, and then we can narrow it down to the most fun and interesting pieces," Hall said.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free, but donations for the COMEA House will be accepted.

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