The Natural State Brass Band in concert today

Image may contain: textThe Natural State Brass Band presents its pre-Memorial Day concert on May 19 at 3 p.m. at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn, in Little Rock.

Admission is free.

Selections will include “American Overture,” “A Sinatra Salute!,” “Joshua Swings the Battle,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “John Williams: Epic Themes,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “America, the Beautiful,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

LR Winds celebrates 25th anniversary with concert tonight

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The Little Rock Winds and conductor Israel Getzov present the band’s 25th Anniversary Concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 with a program of musical connections and milestones of the band’s 25-year history.

The concert opens with Camille Saint-Saens’ Marche Militaire Francaise which was also the opener for the Little Rock Winds’ first concert on February 8, 1994.  Also on the program from that first concert is John Philip Sousa’s lesser-known march, Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March. (At the time of 1994 concert, the march had made been available for performance only five years earlier.)

A familiar face, saxophonist Jackie Lamar, who has soloed with the band under each of the previous conductors, will perform a movement from “Radiant Blues”, an alto saxophone concerto composed by former Arkansas resident Charles Booker, Jr. and dedicated to Lamar.  West Mountain Fantasy by William Randall, Jr., is another work on the program by an Arkansas composer.  The piece is dedicated to the Little Rock Winds and Wendell Evanson, conductor, and was premiered by the band in February 1999.  Along with other selections on the program is Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, a masterwork for wind band all will certainly enjoy.

Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

Tickets are available online at and are $15 for adults, $12 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.


  • Camille Saint-Saens     Marche Militaire Francaise
  • Howard Hanson           Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”, mvt. II
  • Percy Grainger             Lincolnshire Posy
  • William Randall            West Mountain Fantasy
  • Charles Booker, Jr.       Concerto for Alto Sax, Mvt. 1: Radiant Blues
  • Frank Ticheli                 Blue Shades
  • John Philip Sousa         Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March

Conway native Jackie Lamar, saxophone, has performed all over the United States as well as in Thailand, Iceland, Scotland, France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, and Bolivia.  She performed at the World Saxophone Congresses in Valencia, Spain, and Montreal, Canada.  She is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, serving as Region 4 director for 15 years.  She is recorded on Music for the Cross Town Trio on Centaur Records.
Lamar is recently retired from the University of Central Arkansas where she was Professor of Saxophone and Jazz for 32 years.  She is one of only four females in the USA to ever be full professors of saxophone.  She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas and the Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas.  Her principal teachers were Debra Richtmeyer, Jim Riggs, and Homer Brown. This Lamar’s third solo performance with the Little Rock Winds.

Israel Getzov has won wide acclaim for his ability to evoke expressive and enthusiastic performances from his musicians.  He is in demand as conductor in the United States, China, and Bolivia. he is also the music director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.  In the U.S. Getzov has conducted ensembles in Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan, and Maine. Since his debut at the International Fuzhou Music Festival in 2005, Getzov has appeared regularly in China in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, and Hangzhou where he is a frequent guest conductor with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra. He is also an in-demand educator of ensemble techniques and has given clinics at many conservatories in the U.S. and China.

As the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony from 2001-2008, Getzov led classical subscription, pops, and education concerts as well as numerous outreach concerts around the state. Getzov also hosted his own weekly radio program called “Izzy Investigates” on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock and has performed live on WFMT and WBEZ in Chicago.

Raised in Chicago, Mr. Getzov’s musical studies began with the violin at age four, and later included percussion, which he played in his schools’ wind ensembles and jazz bands. At sixteen he earned a position in the violin section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with many renowned conductors including Barenboim, Boulez, Solti, Mehta, Jansons, Spano, and Rostropovich. He was a founding member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, a professional quartet with whom he gave over 200 concerts.

Getzov holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and received additional training at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Little Rock Winds was founded in 1993 to recognize the diverse heritage of the wind band tradition in Arkansas. It is dedicated to providing Arkansas communities live wind band music, including a variety of compositions and transcriptions that inspire audiences, challenge the players, and preserves the wind band tradition. LR Winds is an important outlet for the wind and percussion musicians in the central Arkansas area. The approximately 48 professional and semi-professional musicians are selected by audition and participate for personal development and enjoyment and as a service to the community. Six concerts are performed annually in Little Rock, and the band has performed statewide, from Texarkana to Cherokee Village, Harrison to Wynne.

Little Rock Winds an independent, nonprofit organization.

UA Little Rock Wind Ensemble concert this evening

The UA Little Rock Music Department has announced the plans for the UA Little Rock Wind Ensemble Concert which is entitled Under the Cover of Night.

The concert will be held Friday, November 30th at 7:30 – 8:30 pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall located in the Fine Arts Building on the UA Little Rock Campus.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Goff, will perform music by Jack Stamp, Pavel Tschesnokoff, John Philip Sousa, and Stephen Melillo and will feature guest conductor and UA Little Rock music education major David Burkhalter.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Red, White & Music – Wind Symphony Flag Day Concert

The Little Rock Wind Symphony’s annual Flag Day concert will take place this evening in MacArthur Park at 7pm.  Sponsored, in part by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the concert is the LRWS’s annual salute to the red, white, and blue.  Picnics are encouraged. There will also be free ice cream and free American flags to wave throughout the concert.

The musicians of the Little Rock Wind Symphony will perform the following selections:

arr. John Higgins: Back in the Good Old Days
Adam Gorb: Away Day
Aaron Copland : A Lincoln Portrait
      Brent Walker, narrator
John Philip Sousa: Washington Post
Edwin Eugene Bagley: National Emblem
Edwin Franko Goldman: The Chimes of Liberty
John Philip Sousa: Fairest of the Fair
Henry Fillmore: Americans We
Edwin Franko Goldman: On the Mall
Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Samuel Ward / Carmen Dragon: America the Beautiful
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

In case of rain, the concert will be played tomorrow evening.

MacArthur Military Museum to host Air National Guard Band of the Southwest tonight

macmusThe MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will host the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, also known as the 531st Air Force Band, for an outdoor concert on Wednesday, July 2.  The band is part of the Texas Air National Guard and is attached to the 136th Airlift Wing, a C-130 unit based in Fort Worth, Texas.  The free concert will occur behind the museum, located at 503 E. 9th St., and will start at 7:00 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Children’s Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center, also in MacArthur Park.

The concert will feature the band’s most popular ensemble, its 40-member concert band, which performs a variety of Americana selections including Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, big band jazz, and patriotic favorites.  The band performs for military ceremonies, music festivals, state fairs, military balls, and community events across the country, promoting Air National Guard units from Arizona to Arkansas.  In recent years the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest has given overseas concerts in Barbados, Bolivia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Nicaragua, Trinidad, Vanuatu and stateside concerts in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History relates the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse and widespread audience. Located in the historic Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park – one of Central Arkansas’s oldest surviving structures and the birthplace of one of the country’s foremost military heroes – the museum collects, preserves, and interprets the state’s rich military past from its territorial period to the present.   For more information call 501-376-4602 or visit the museum website at The museum is a program of Little Rock Parks and Recreation.

Wave the Flag – Annual LR Wind Symphony Flag Day concert in MacArthur Park

The Little Rock Wind Symphony’s annual Flag Day concert will take place this evening in MacArthur Park at 7pm.  Sponsored, in part by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the concert is the LRWS’s annual salute to the red, white, and blue.  Picnics are encouraged. There will also be free ice cream and free American flags to wave throughout the concert.

Featuring Jim Munns, baritone, the musicians of the Little Rock Wind Symphony will perform the following selections:

Morton Gould: American Salute
Leroy Anderson: Bugler’s Holiday
George Gates: Sol y Sombra
John Philip Sousa: Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
John Philip Sousa: The Glory of the Yankee Navy
Meacham / Norris: American Patrol
Rodgers and Hart: Blue Moon
Rodgers and Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening
Irving Berlin: God Bless America
Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Samuel Ward / Carmen Dragon: America the Beautiful
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

In case of rain, the concert will be played tomorrow evening.

Flag Day Concert in MacArthur Park tonite

flagdayOn Saturday, June 8, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will host the 17th annual Flag Day concert, A Stars and Stripes Celebration, featuring the Little Rock Wind Symphony.

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

Our annual Flag Day salute to the red, white, and blue, features hand-clapping marches, flag-waving patriotic songs, toe-tapping happy tunes.  There will be free American flags, ice cream and water.

The program will featured Timothy Tucker, baritone in selections with the LR Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Karen Fannin.  The performance will include:

  • Dudley Buck: Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner 
  • John Philip Sousa: Washington Post March
  • Sousa: Who’s Who in Navy Blue
  • Aaron Copland: Old American Songs
  • James Barnes: Star-Spangled Salute!
  • Henry Fillmore: The Klaxon
  • Henry Fillmore: Circus Bee
  • Irving Berlin: God Bless America
  • Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
  • Samuel Ward / Carmen Dragon: America the Beautiful
  • Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever


flagdayaudienceBring a picnic dinner for your family, lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy the concert at historic MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock.   Dogs on leashes are welcome — and don’t forget there is a new dog park in MacArthur Park as well.

Black Hound Barbecue and Hot Dog Mike will be available to purchase food as well.  In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 9.

This event is sponsored by MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Little Rock Wind Symphony, Blue Bell Creameries, Woodmen of the World, Central Arkansas Water and Premium Refreshment Service.