The piece “Echoes of Wind & Wilderness” was premiered on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by the DeForest Area High School Symphonic Band as part of the annual Elmer McLaughlin Commission Concert. The composer, Dr. Charles Young, was in attendance. The piece was written in memory of Daniel Haswell, graduate of DAHS in 1975. Mark Sieger, friend of David Haswell, spoke about Daniel’s accomplishments as an educator, instrument repair technician, and employee of the Monette Trumpet Company. To hear the Commission piece, go to: https://youtu.be/oyjMdfVxoX0.
The Concert Band performed Nordic Sketches, Garden of the Gods, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The Symphonic Band performed Variations on a Korean Folk Song, Concertino for Marimba and Winds, featuring soloist Cameron Soat; Echoes of Wind & Wilderness, the commission piece; and The Trombone King. The seniors performed an impromptu piece “My Heart will Go On” on recorders as a parting song.
2015-16 Instrumental Band honors were also awarded during the evening.