Acton Middle School band students were in Downtown Dallas on February 27, 2018, for a “Band Blockbusters” concert by the Dallas Winds at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The trip was funded through a grant from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.
The ensemble featured old and new works for band by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy, Percy Grainger, John Mackey, Frank Tichelli, and John Williams. The concert also featured guest trumpet artist, Jens Lindemann, who is in high demand as a trumpet soloist by groups around the world. He was joined in an encore by Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet player of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Students were treated to a “meet and greet” with some of the band members, and some even got selfies with the conductor, Jerry Junkin.
The Dallas Winds is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States today. Comprised of fifty woodwind, brass, and percussion players, the band performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Sousa to Strauss. They combine the tradition of the British brass band with the musical heritage of the American town band and the pioneering spirit of the 21st century wind ensemble. The Winds has received outstanding critical acclaim for its twenty discs on the Reference Recordings label – three of which received Grammy nominations.
AMS band directors John Morgan and Stephanie Bosch submitted the GEF grant application last fall. “Great modeling is one of the best ways to teach students. We want to expose our students to professionals who can model proper instrument and ensemble playing techniques at the highest possible level, so our students can imitate and learn from the skills they see modeled by these professionals. If students are exposed to greatness, it helps them realize greatness within themselves,” they said.