The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band Announces Spring Concerts

The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band under the direction of Chris Brandenburg, Conductor, and Dan Nichols, Associate Conductor, is going to Music Hall!  Join the band in the newly renovated music hall for a concert with the Fillmore Wind Band and Lakota East High School Symphonic Band on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m.  The band’s own Earl Jones will come to the front of the group as he sings” Nessun Dorma” arranged by Jay Bocook.  Another favorite the band will be playing is Gary Gilroy’s “Ava Marie Para Nossa Mae.”  Concert tickets may be purchased for $10.00 each at the door or in advance online for $16.45 ($10 + service fee). The link for ticket purchases is available on the SOSB’s website:

On the Sunday after the Music Hall concert, join the SOSB for a free concert. The band’s annual May concert is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus.

The May concert will start off with Zo Elliot’s “British Eighth,” a well-known march written to commemorate General Bernard Montgomery and the British Eighth Army in 1943.  

The band will follow “British Eighth” with “Resplendent Glory” by Rossano Galante. “Resplendent Glory” is an impressive overture featuring sweeping and lush melodies along with brilliant brass fanfares and woodwind flourishes. 

Next, listen to and feel the gentle grace and simplicity of Pierre LaPlante’s “Red River Valley,” an enduring and much-loved part of the North American folksong repertoire.

The first half of the concert will end with a celebration of spring, “A Jubilant Overture” by Alfred Reed. 

Following a brief intermission, the band will continue with Willian Owen’s, “Exaltations!” a fanfare of exhilaration and resilience from the beginning to the end.

You won’t want to miss the stirring rhythms, rich harmonies, and distinctive melody of “Centurion” by Bus Griffiths, and you will be able to channel your inner fair lady, Eliza Doolittle, as you sing along with “Lerner and Lowe in Concert,” arranged by Warren Barker.

Our final number, Henry Fillmore’s screamer, “Rolling Thunder,” will feature our trombone section.  This fast and furious piece is a great way to end the concert. 

This concert is free and open to the public. The Dave Finkelman Auditorium is located on the Miami University Regionals’ Middletown campus, 4200 North University Boulevard. A free reception follows the concert in the auditorium lobby.

The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band is made up of community members, professional and semi-professional musicians from as far north as Dayton Ohio and as far south as Northern Kentucky. Miami students and selected high school students are also among band members. The Band is now in its 49th season with Chris Brandenburg, Miami University, Adjunct Professor of Music, has directed 34 of those seasons. The band is sponsored by Miami University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Middletown Symphony Orchestra Legacy Fund at the Middletown Community Foundation, and The Miriam G. Knoll Charitable Foundation. Please see the concert program for information on how you too can become a patron of the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band with your tax-deductible donation.