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Sunday  May 20, 2018       3:00PM      WayPointe Christian Fellowship

A.G. Villoldo – El Choclo

Jose Pablo Moncayo – Huapango 8

Leonard Bernstein – Mambo from West Side Story /arr. By M. Sweeney

Stephen Bulla – Rhapsody for Flute, featuring Ellen DeCarlo

Ernesto Lecuona – San Francisco El Grande

Enrique Granados – Spanish Dance

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Saturday March 17, 2018  3:00PM      Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley

Steve Danyew – Adagietto

John Philip Sousa – Circus Gallop from the operetta The Irish Dragoon

Burton Lane – Highlights from Finian’s Rainbow

Warren Barker – Ireland

T.C. Kelly – Wexford Rhapsody

Percy Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy


Sunday, December 3, 2017:

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Charles Ives/arr. W. Schuman – Variations on America
  • William Schuman – Chester Overture
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Variations for Oboe and Military Band,  Featuring Sue Crum, oboe soloist
  • John Barnes Chance – Variations on a Korean Folk Song
  • James Barnes – Symphony Fantasy Variations of a Theme By Paganini

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Sunday, May 21st, 2017:

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor. Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • John Philip Sousa – The Transit of Venus March
  • John Williams – Adventures on Earth
  • Mark Narins – Total Eclipse of the Sun with narration by the composer, words by Susan Hanford
  • Brian Balmages – Open Space
  • Harline/Washington – When You Wish Upon a Star


Sunday, February 26th, 2017:

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor. Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • James Newton Howard (arr. Murtha) – Grand Canyon Fanfare (from the 1991 movie Grand Canyon)
  • John Mackey – Sheltering Sky
  • Steven Reineke – Sedona
  • Michael Markowski – City Trees
  • Robert Sheldon – Art in the Park
  • Aaron Copland – An Outdoor Overture

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Sunday, December 18th, 2016:

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor. Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Fanfare and Flourishes, James Curnow
  • With Pleasure, John Philip Sousa
  • The Eighth Candle, Steve Reisteter
  • Broadway Journey, Arr. James Christens
  • Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman



Sunday, October 23, 2016:

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor. Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Bright Lights!, Robert Sheldon
  • October, Eric Whitacre
  • Casey at the Bat, Randol Alan Bass
  • Symphony No. 3, Vittorio Giannini


Sunday, May 22, 2016: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor. Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • A Childhood Remembered,  Rossano Galante
  • Gollum & Hobbits from Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings,  Johan de Meij
  • Persis Overture,  James L. Hosay

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Sunday, March 13, 2016: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Flourish,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Folk Song Suite,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Highlights from “The Gondoliers”,  Sir Arthur Sullivan, Arr. Robert Russell Bennett
  • William Byrd Suite, Gordon Jacob
  • First Suite in E-flat,  Gustav Holst

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Sunday, December 06, 2015: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Jubilance an Overture,  Caesar Giovannini, Arr. by Wayne Robinson
  • The Promise of Living from the Tender Land,  Aaron Coplan, Arr. by James Curnow
  • Chorale and Alleluia,  Howard Hanson
  • Shepherd’s Dance from Amahl and the Night Visitors,  Gain Carlo Menotti, Arr. by Johnnie Vinson
  • Pageant,  Vincent Persichetti
  • Amazing Grace,  Frank Ticheli
  • A Christmas Festival, Leroy Anderson
  • Festival, Clifton Williams
  • Stars and Stripes for Christmas, John Philip Sousa, Arr. by Robert E. Foster

American Festival Celebration Concert

Sunday, May 17, 2015: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Geoffrey Gallegos, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Washington Post March,  John Philip Sousa
  • Mannin Veen, A Manx Tone Poem,  Haydn Wood
  • Suite Francaise, Mvmts I, IV, V,  Darius Milhaud
  • Armenian Dances (Part I),  Alfred Reed
  • Themes from Caucasian Sketches,  M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Arr. by Clair Johnson
  • Whirly Bird,  Todd Stalter
  • Pacific Panorama,  David Bennett

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Sunday, March 15, 2015: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Wayne Organ, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Watermusic,  George Frederick Handel
  • Waterdance,  Carl Strommen
  • Of Sailors and Whales, W. Francis McBeth
  • Seasongs,  Ralph Vaughn Williams
  • As One Listens to the Rain,  Daniel French
  • Victory at Sea,  Richard Rogers

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Sunday, December 21, 2014: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Paul Yonemura, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • The Star Spangled Banner,  John Stafford Smith, arr. Jack Stamp
  • March Opus 99, Sergei Prokofiev
  • As Summer Was Just Beginning (Song for James Dean),  Larry Daehn
  • Resurgences, Robert Sheldon
  • Suite of Old American Dances, Robert Russell Bennett
  • The Witch and the Saint, Steven Reineke
  • Rolling Thunder March, Henry Fillmore, ed. by Frederick Fennell


Winter Concert Dec 21 2014


Sunday, October 26, 2014: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Nicholas Cooper, Conductor.    Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor.


  • Fanfare from Also sprach Zarathustra,  Richard Strauss, Arr. by Robert Longfield
  • Mars, The Bringer of War from the Planets, Op 32, Gustav Holst
  • Acrostic Song from Final Alice,  David Del Tredici, Arr. by Mark Spede
  • Mt. Everest, Rossano Galante
  • American Riversongs, Pierre La Plante
  • The Great Locomotive Chase, Robert W. Smith
  • Hands Across the Sea, John Philip Sousa


Fall Concert Oct 26 2014


Sunday, May 18, 2014: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Jessica Bejarano, ConductorProgram

  • Festive Overture,  Dmitri Shostakovich, trans. Donald Hunsberger
  • Serenata, Leroy Anderson
  • Prelude and Fugue in B flat Major,  Johann Sebastian Bach, trans. Roland L. Moehlmann
  • Ride, Samuel R. Hazo
  • Elsa’s Procession from “Lohengrin”, Richard Wagner, trans. Lucien Cailliet
  • The Inferno from “Divine Comedy”, Robert W. Smith
  • Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo, Malcolm Arnold


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Sunday, March 16, 2014: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Jessica Bejarano, ConductorProgram

  • Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna Overture,  Franz von Suppé, arr. Henry Fillmore
  • Clarinet Candy, Leroy Anderson
  • Them Basses,  Getty H. Huffine
  • Death and the Maiden, Franz Schubert, arr. Ernest E. Harris
  • Ave Maria, Franz Schubert, arr. Clair W. Johnson
  • Procession of Nobles from “Mlada”, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Erik W.G. Leidzén
  • Funeral and Triumphal Symphony, Hector Berlioz

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Sunday, December 15, 2013: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor


  • Espana Cani paso-doble, Pascual Marquina, arr. Robert Cray
  • Zampa Overture, L.J.F. Herold, arr. V.F. Safranek
  • Toccata, Girolamo Frescobaldi, arr. Earli Slocum
  • Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso, Jeronimo Gimenez, arr. Clark McAlister & Lowell Graham
  • Roman Carnival Overture, Hector Berlioz, arr. V.F. Safranek
  • Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo, Manuel De Falla, arr. John J. Morrissey
  • Highlights from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein, arr. Ted Ingram
  • Dance of the Hours from the Opera “La Gioconda”, Amilcare Ponchielli, arr. David Bennett
  • Zacatecas, Genaro Codina, arr. L.P. Laurendeau


Sunday, May 19, 2013: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 


  • Second Suite for Military Band in F major, Gustav Holst
  • Dance Macabre, Op. 40, Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Mitchell Bender
  • Slava! A Concert Overture, Leonard Bernstein, transc. for Symphonic Band by Clare Grundman
  • Folk Song Suite for Military Band, R. Vaughan Williams
  • Florentiner March (Grande marcia Italiana), Op. 214, Julius Fučík; arr. M. L. Lake; ed. Frederick Fennell
  • Nothing Else Matters, words and music James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; performed by Metallica; arr. Frank Bernaerts


Sunday, March 3, 2013: 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor



  • Where Never Lark Or Eagle Flew, James Curnow
  • The Immovable Do, Percy Grainger
  • River of Life, Steven Reineke
  • Punchinello: Overture to a Romantic Comedy For Concert Band, Alfred Reed
  • Kaddish, W. Francis McBeth
  • Flight of the Piasa,, Op. 120, Robert Sheldon
  • Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite: March, K. L. King


Sunday, November 11, 2012: Dance Around the World Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 


  • Arabian Dances, Brian Balmages
  • Selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Jerry Bock; arr. Bob Lowden
  • Danse Bohemien, Randall D. Standridge; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Chorale and Shaker Dance, John P. Zdechlik
  • Folk Dances, Dmitri Shostakovich; edited by H. Robert Reynolds
  • Wine, Women, and Song, Johann Strauss
  • Italian Polka, Sergei Rachmaninoff; arranged by Elena Roussanova Lucas
  • Danzon No. 2, Arturo Márquez; arr. Oliver Nickel


Sunday, May 20, 2012: Wind Ensemble Classics 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 


  • Ignition, Todd Stalter
  • Children’s March, Percy Grainger; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Commando March, Samuel Barber
  • Vocalise, Sergei Rachmaninov
  • A Jubilant Overture, Alfred Reed
  • Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini, James Barnes


Sunday, March 18, 2012: All About Jazz 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 


  • Selections from Chicago, Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, and Julian Dash; arr. Bob Lowden
  • Pavanne, Morton Gould, arr. Paul Yoder
  • Sing, Sing, Sing, Louis Prima; arr. Mike Lewis; additional parts Andres Soto
  • From Chicago: All That Jazz, John Kander; arr. Michael Brown
  • Glenn Miller in Concert, arr. Wayne Scott; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin; arr. Ferde Grofe; Ruth Butterfield-Winter, piano

All About Jazz

Sunday, December 4, 2011: A Celebration of Music from Eastern Europe 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 


  • Fanfare and Allegro, Clifton Williams
  • Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1, Georges Enesco
  • Hungarian Dances, No. 5 & 6, Johannes Brahms; arr. S. J. Price
  • Slavonic Dances, Antonin Dvorak; arr. James Curnow; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Marche Slave, Peter Tchaikovsky; arr. L. P. Laurendeau

A Celebration of Music from Eastern Europe

Sunday, May 22, 2011 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor


  • Spirit of Freedom, Tracey R. Rush
  • Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Eliot Del Borgo
  • El Capitan, John Philip Sousa
  • Three Shanties, Malcolm Arnold; performed by the WCW Woodwind Ensemble (Stephen Deutsch, flute; Anthony Perry, oboe; Ron Hermenau, bassoon; Danielle Napoleon, clarinet; Jon Oldfather, horn)
  • El Relicario, José Padilla
  • Capriccio Espagnol, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; arr. Calvin Custer
  • Selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Georges Bizet; arr. V. F. Safranek
  • Amparito Roca, Jaime Texidor

Sunday, March 13, 2011 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
presented by: 
Contra Costa College, Wayne Organ, Chair, Music Department 
for El Cerrito High School Symphonic Band: 
Keith Johnson, Conductor 
for Contra Costa and Laney College Guitar Ensemble 
Ron Galen, Conductor 
for the West County Winds: 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

Program of the West County Winds

  • Noisy Wheels of Joy, Eric Whitacre
  • Mars from The Planets, Gustav Holst
  • Beguine for Band, Glen Osser
  • First Suite in E♭ for Military Band, Gustav Holst; edited by Colin Matthews

Sunday, December 12, 2010 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Jessica Bejarano, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 

Hear the work of our new music director, Jessica Bejarano, at our first concert together. For the first half of the concert, Jessica has chosen both transcriptions of orchestral works and original works for band.

Following a short intermission, the band will present Rolf Rudin’s The Dream of Angus [Der Traum des Oenghus], a two-part tone poem based on a story about the legendary Irish hero Angus. While the piece is similar in concept to Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Angus is no puckish vagrant outsider but an ancient Celtic demi-god prince. His boisterous, intemperate nature comes up against deep longing for a woman he sees in his dreams, taking him on a journey into mystery and magic.

Join us in the lobby after the concert for a reception and meet Jessica!

As always, both concert and reception are free to all.


  • Bacchanal from Samson and Delilah, Camille Saint-Saëns, transc. Kenneth Singleton
  • Hungarian March “Rakoczy” from Damnation of Faust, Hector Berlioz, arr. Leonard B. Smith; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon, Percy Grainger
  • Belle of the Ball, Leroy Anderson
  • The Dream of Angus: Poem on a Legend from the ‘Green Isle’, Op. 37 (Parts I & II), Rolf Rudin


Sunday, May 23, 2010: Silver Anniversary 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Sue Crum, Conductor 
Terry Clark, Guest Conductor 

Join us for an afternoon concert and reception celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the West County Winds. We will have special guests, including former conductors and band members. Founding director Terry Clark will conduct the band in a special number.


  • Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2, Giovanni Gabrieli; performed by the brass of the West County Winds
  • Festive Overture, Dmitri Shostakovich; arr. Donald Hunsberger
  • Jazz Suite No. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich; arr. Johan de Meij: MarchLyric WaltzDance 1Dance 2Waltz 2Finale
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song, John Barnes Chance; Terry Clark, conductor
  • Galop, Dmitri Shostakovich; arr. Donald Hunsbe 

Silver Anniversary

Monday, March 15, 2010: Music from the Silver Screen 

Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School 
Sue Crum, Conductor; Rice Majors, Guest Conductor 

Tonight we feature the music of Hollywood fantasy and whimsy, from The Wizard of Oz through the 21st Century, with accents on Walt Disney and John Williams. You will recognize some old friends and may make some new ones.

The first two pieces, also music associated with movies, are presented by The East Bay Brass Project, a quintet of players drawn from the band.

The East Bay Brass Project

  • Colonel Bogey March, Kenneth Alford (F. J. Ricketts); arr. Arthur Frackenpohl
  • The Pink Panther, Henry Mancini; arr. Arthur Frackenpohl
West County Winds
  • The Wizard of Oz, Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, arr. James Barnes
  • Harry Potter Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, John Williams, arr. Robert W. Smith
  • Selections from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, arr. Irwin Kostal, edited by Alfred Reed; Rice Majors, conductor
  • Catch Me If You Can, John Williams, arr. Jay Bocook; Patrick Schlesinger, saxophone
  • Music from THE INCREDIBLES, Michael Giacchino, arr. Jay Bocook
  • When You Wish Upon a Star, Ned Washington and Leigh Harline, arr. Sammy Nestico

Music from the Silver Screen

Monday, December 7, 2009: American Portraits 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

A concert of pieces by American composers, most written specifically for band.

  • Rocky Point Holiday, Ron Nelson
  • Amazing Grace, Frank Ticheli
  • Candide Suite, Leonard Bernstein, arr. Clare Grundman
  • An American Elegy, Frank Ticheli; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Russian Christmas Music, Alfred Reed

American Portraits

 Thursday, May 14, 2009: An Evening of Russian Composers 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor 

As a sequel to our May 2007 concert featuring Pictures at an Exhibition, we’re pleased to present another concert focusing on Russian composers. The evening begins with a set of performances by chamber groups. The band then takes the stage to present works by Glinka, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Our own David Hemphill appears as the soloist in Rimsky-Korsakov’s trombone concerto.

  • Trio, Josef Haydn, arr. Ray Monson
  • The Goodie Polka, Ray Monson
  • L’Arlesienne, Suite No. 1, Georges Bizet, arr. Joachim Linckelmann
  • Tico Tico, Zeqhina de Abreu, arr. D. Varela
  • Funeral March of a Marionette, Charles-Francois Gounod, arr. Terry Kenny
  • My Spirit, Be Joyful, J. S. Bach, transc. Harry Herforth
  • Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Mikhail Glinka, arr. Franz Henning; Sue Crum, conductor excerpt
  • Concerto for Trombone and Military Band, Piotr Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Walter Nallin and Davis Shuman; David Hemphill, trombone excerpt
  • Night on Bald Mountain, Modest Mussorgsky, arr. William A. Schaefer excerpt

An Evening of Russian Composers

 Monday, March 16, 2009: Myths and Stories with Johan de Meij 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

Dutch composer Johan de Meij’s first symphony is an evocative work for wind ensemble based on the timeless fantasy books by J.R.R. Tolkien.  This is paired with a montage of John Williams’ brilliant scores for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.

  • Symphony no. 1, “Lord of the Rings”, Johan de Meij
    1. Gandalf (The Wizard) excerpt
    2. Lothlórien (The Elvenwood) excerpt
    3. Gollum (Sméagol) excerpt
    4. Journey in the Dark excerpt
    5. Hobbits excerpt
  • Star Wars Saga, John Williams, arr. by Johan de Meij excerpt

Myths and Stories

 Thursday, December 11, 2008: Winter “Shuffle” Concert 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

The West County Winds is pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Acclamations by composer Jeffrey Nytch. Originally written for the Binghamton Philharmonic as a part of a series of commissioned fanfares by composers with local connections, it was rescored a few years later for Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble in an eclectic instrumentation. Tonight it will be performed by the West County Winds in a new transcription by conductor Rice Majors for a traditional wind ensemble.

  • Acclamations, Jeffrey Nytch, arr. Rice Majors
  • Academic Festival Overture, Johannes Brahms, arr. V. F. Safranek
  • Night Soliloquy, Kent Kennan; Rosanna Stephens, flute
  • Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo, Malcom Arnold; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Commando March, Samuel Barber
  • William Byrd Suite: Selected from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, freely transcribed by Gordon Jacobs

Winter "Shuffle" Concert

Temple of Music Band Shell, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor


“They initiated their program with Henry Fillmore’s arrangement of Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture, which they delivered in a crisp, articulate and expressive manner, followed by the sweet, soulful sounds of Sussex Mummers’ Carol by Percy Grainger….Today’s program demonstrated not only a well-balanced repertoire, but also a well-balanced presentation, aesthetically, musically, and fully entertaining” — ACB Journal

  • Poet and Peasant Overture, Franz von Suppé, arr. Henry Fillmore
  • Sussex Mummers Carol, Percy Grainger
  • Fanfare, Canto, and Fandango from Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Calvin Custer
  • March of the Belgian Paratroopers, Pierre Leemans, arr. Charles Wiley
  • All the Things You Are, Jerome Kern, arr. Eric Leidzen

 Monday, May 19, 2008: Gustav Holst’s The Planets 

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

The Planets was written for large orchestra, with unusual numbers and varieties of wind and percussion instruments; it is a natural candidate for transcription for wind ensemble. Holst himself transcribed one or two movements. Various arrangers have subsequently “finished” the process, but no complete version has achieved broad acceptance. Tonight’s performance features canonical transcriptions of three movements. The other four movements have been arranged especially for the West County Winds by our conductor, Rice Majors.

The Planets, Gustav Holst

  1. Mars, the Bringer of War excerpt
  2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace, arr. Rice Majors excerpt
  3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, arr. Rice Majors excerpt
  4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity excerpt
  5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age, arr. Rice Majors excerpt
  6. Uranus, the Magician, arr. James Curnow excerpt
  7. Neptune, the Mystic, arr. Rice Majors excerpt

The Planets


Thursday, December 13, 2007: WCW and ECHS Joint Concert

Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College
for the West County Winds:
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

for El Cerrito High School:
Roland Brown, Conductor; Don Howe, Assistant Conductor


The West County Winds were joined by El Cerrito High School’s bands on the Knox Center stage. The ECHS Concert Band began the evening.

The West County Winds portion of the program featured Milt Latta’s performance of a clarinet concerto by von Weber.

  • Overture to The Yeoman of the Guard, Sir Arthur Sullivan, arr. Erwin
  • Concertino for Clarinet with Band, Op. 26, Carl Maria von Weber, arr. Lake; Milt Latta, clarinet
  • Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol, Percy Grainger, arr. Clark; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Shepherd’s Dance from Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gian Carlo Menotti, arr. Vinson
  • All the Things You Are, Jerome Kern, arr. Leidzen

The ECHS Symphonic Band then took the stage to play pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli, Alfred Reed, and Robert Russell Bennett. In a tribute to Marvin Williams, influential former director of bands at ECHS, they were joined in a performance of Clifton Williams’ Dramatic Essay by Jonathan Knight, professional trumpeter and an ECHS band alumnus.

To conclude the evening, the three bands performed Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride together. The complete program is available.

 Monday, May 7, 2007: From Russia with Love 

Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

  • Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Erik Leidzen and Rice Majors
    1. Gnomus (The Gnome)
    2. il vecchio castello (The Old Castle)
    3. Tuileries (Dispute between Children at Play)
    4. Bydlo (Cattle)
    5. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
    6. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
    7. The Market at Limoges (The Great News)
    8. The Catacombs; With the Dead in a Dead Language
    9. The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
    10. The Bogatyr Gates (in the Capital in Kiev)
  • Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major (BWV 1051), J. S. Bach
  • Overture from Kismet, Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin, arr. Walter Beeler
  • Hymn and March from Joan of Arc, Piotr Tchaikovsky, arr. Larry Daehn
  • Folk Dances, Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. H. Robert Reynolds; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird, Igor Stravinsky, arr. Richard Franko Goldman
  • Fanfare, Canto, and Fandango from Capriccio Espagnol, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Calvin Custer

From Russia with Love

Monday, December 4, 2006 

Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Sue Crum, Assistant Conductor

  • Poet and Peasant Overture, Franz von Suppé
  • American Overture, John Wilcox Jenkins excerpt
  • March of the Belgian Parachutists, Pierre Leemans; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Frescos, Haydn Wood
    1. Vienna
    2. Sea Shanties
    3. The Bandstand excerpt
  • Irish Tune from County Derry, Percy Grainger; Sue Crum, conductor
  • Sea Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams excerpt
  • First Suite in Eb Major, Gustav Holst excerpt

Monday, June 12, 2006 

Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond 
Rice Majors, Conductor; Heather Habig, Assistant Conductor

  • Variations on a Shaker Melody, Aaron Copland
  • Symphonic Prelude, Alfred Reed
  • Belle of the Ball, Leroy Anderson
  • Chorale & Alleluia, Howard Hanson
  • Salvation Is Created, Pavel Tschesnokoff
  • Norwegian March “Valdres”, Johannes Hanssen; Heather Habig, conductor
  • Concertino for Marimba and Winds, Alfred Reed; Richard Gibson, marimba

Monday, March 27, 2006 

Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond 
Rice Majors, Conductor

  • A Festival Prelude, Alfred Reed
  • Mannin Veen (Dear Isle of Man), A Tone Poem, Haydn Wood
  • Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral (from “Lohengrin”), Richard Wagner; transc. Lucien Cailliet
  • A Festive Overture, Alfred Reed

Monday, December 5, 2005 

Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond 
Rice Majors, Conductor

  • American in Paris, George Gershwin
  • Lonely Town, Leonard Bernstein
  • Suite of Old American Dances, Robert Russell Bennett
    1. Cake Walk
    2. Wallflower Waltz
    3. Schottische
    4. Western One-Step
  • Pavanne, Morton Gould
  • Danzon, Leonard Bernstein
  • Pineapple Poll, Arthur Sullivan