The Arkansas City High School bands will present their annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the ACHS auditorium, located at 1200 W. Radio Lane.

ACHS Winter ConcertThe concert is free and open to the public. The ensembles are under the direction of Chris VanGilder and Hans Judd.

The Jazz Band will open the concert with a diverse set that includes “Sticks,” by Cannonball Adderley; “One Mint Julep,” a Ray Charles hit; “Watermelon Man,” by Herbie Hancock; and “Hey Pachuco,” a hit by Royal Crown Revue, known for its use in the movie “The Mask.”

Next on the program are two percussion ensemble pieces, “Viva Percussion” and “Batucada Blues,” both light-hearted, Latin jazz-inspired works.

The Concert Band will close the program with a selection of marches:

  • “March, Opus 99,” by Prokofiev;
  • “Valdres,” by Norwegian composer Johannes Hannsen;
  • two traditional American marches — “Them Basses,” by G.H. Huffine, and “The Thunder,” by Sousa;
  • the Third Movement of Gustav Holst’s “First Suite for Band.”

“Although we have chosen to do a set of all marches,” VanGilder said, “you will find that they are each unique and offer a variety of musical ideas.”

This information was provided by Arkansas City High School Band Director Chris VanGilder.