Things really do go bump in the night

LCCC band ensemble ready to haunt the night away

By Jennifer Stogsdill


As the leaves change color, along comes a chill in the air, a creep down the spine and Laramie County Community College’s Music That Goes Bump in the Night concert.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the LCCC band ensemble will perform its Halloween-themed concert for the eighth year in a row at the Cheyenne Civic Center. Gary Hall, instructor of instrumental music, said he and the band really enjoy doing this concert, and it gets a fairly good turnout.

“We’ve started getting a large crew for the concert because of the large turnout,” he said.

Hall said even though it’s the same theme, the music is different every year. Hall explained that to choose the music, the band members pick out a lot of selections to practice at first and then slowly narrow the choices to their favorite pieces.

So far, the band has picked two pieces for sure, “Hennepin County Dawn” by Samuel R. Hazo and “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance.

Hall described “Hennepin County Dawn” as a beautiful piece that “sounds like autumn leaves falling.” Hall then said “Incantation and Dance” is a fun, cool-sounding piece with lots of percussion.

Hall explained even though the concert is mostly Halloween themed, they will play some autumn-themed music as well.

A pumpkin carving contest will also be held. Hall said pumpkins must be carved before the concert and be lit with a battery-operated light. Hall also said categories are for children, students and adults, and cash prizes will be awarded to winners.

He added, “In the past, mostly kids have entered, but this year I hope to see more entries from LCCC students.”

Last year, Hall estimated more than 100 audience members entered the contest, and he hoped for about 500 to 600 this year.

Hall said having the pumpkins adds a really cool effect to the concert when they turn out the lights.

In addition to festive music and jack-o’-lanterns, audience members may wear costumes. Treats will be available for everyone.

Admission for the concert is free, but donations for the COMEA House are accepted.