Clark College Concert Band Spring Performance

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2024

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Clark College Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Doug Harris, presents their Spring Concert on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 3:00 pm, VSAA Durst Theater, 3101 N Main St, Vancouver. Admission to the performance free and open to the public. Donations to the Clark College Music Department are welcome at the door.

Members of the Clark College Concert in the midst of a performace.

"Another fantastic year comes to a close on June 16th at VSAA. The music for the program ranges from the 17th century to 2022. On the earlier side, we will present Johann Sebastian Bach's majestic Fantasia in G Major, which was originally written for organ. Pre-dating that stylistically is the newest work on the program is Carol Brittin Chambers' Dances for the Muse, Terpsichore, which presents four dances in Renaissance style.

If you were with us a couple of years ago, you heard the 2nd movement of Ira's Hearshen's Symphony on Themes of John Phillip Sousa, "After the Thunderer." This concert will open with JPS's march The Fairest of the Fair, followed by the 3rd movement of Hearshen's symphony, which is a playful scherzo. Other music includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' Toccata Marziale, Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, by Percy Grainger, every trombonist's nightmare, Rolling Thunder, by Henry Fillmore and the world premiere of local composer KJ McElvath's L.O.H.N. Overture, which he wrote as a wedding present for friends. We hope you can join us."

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz band, and choirs, please see our full calendar on the Clark College Music Events page.

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About Doug Harris

Dr. Doug Harris conducting the Clark College Concert Band ensemble. He is holding a conductor's baton and appears to be in mid-motion on a cue or rhythm.

Dr. Doug Harris is the Director of Bands at Clark College after serving as Assistant Director of Bands at Western Kentucky University, and Director of Bands at both Santa Clara University and Southern Utah University. He also enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a high school band director in Florida.

Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. His conducting teachers include Richard W. Bowles, Dr. Raymond Chobaz, Dr. German Gutierez, Dr. Richard Mayne and Dr. Kenneth Singleton, and has studied with Douglas Akey, Stanley Derusha, John Paynter and Frank Batiste. At his most recent high school, Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, FL., his concert and jazz bands were recognized as being among the elite in the state, regularly receiving highest marks at district and state festivals. The Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the University of Florida Invitational Concert Band Festival as well as the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. The top jazz band performed at, and won, jazz festivals in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, and has earned praise while performing with jazz notables such as Ira Sullivan, Bill Prince, Marc Dickman, Christian Tamburr, Maynard Ferguson, David Steinmeyer, Bobby Shew and Portland’s own Charlie Porter.

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