FAIRFIELD — Music brings the community together. And, quite possibly one of the most important groups to help increase this cohesiveness is the Solano Winds Community Concert Band.
With performers of all ages and a healthy eye toward including local students, the Winds incorporates the joys and talents of anyone who wishes to learn about music or play in front of enthusiastic audiences.
Their winter concert did not disappoint.
“In the Mood: Music That Stirs the Heart,” featured a wide range of tunes by such greats as Glenn Miller, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, John Philip Sousa and Franz Gruber.
Music director Bill Doherty was, as always, a delight to watch. He puts tremendous energy in his work and seems to have fun while conducting.
One of the first selections was “As Spirits Take Flight,” composed by Christian Earl. This is a sobering work, particularly the sounds of the clarinet section. It was performed beautifully.
This choice didn’t hamper the delivery of Solano Winds 90-year-old plus clarinetist Otto Vasak.
Sousa’s “Espirit Du Corps March” and “In the Miller Mood” were well received by the audience, earning rave reviews from Wally and Pat Mitchell, who expressed a desire to hear more Glenn Miller tunes from the Winds.
The trumpets and trombones performed wonderfully in delivering the Beatles “All You Need is Love.” Doherty playfully conducted the tune.
The performance included holiday classics such as “A Chanukah Celebration” and “A Home Alone Christmas.”
The audience came alive listening to “A Most Wonderful Christmas.”
The concert drew to a close with Chip Davis’ arrangement of “Silent Night.” Davis uses rhythms and harmonies not usually heard in this song. The Solano Winds delivered it with life and brilliance.
The Solano Winds is a gift to the entire county.
The group’s next show is March 14 and will feature popular music through the ages. Details can be found at www.solanowinds.org.
Paula McConnell is a free-lance writer living in Vallejo.