It’s All About Folk Music at Dexter Community Band’s Winter Concert

DCB’s free Winter Concert to be held Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m.

DEXTER, Mich., Feb. 14, 2019 — Folk music from around the world takes center stage at Dexter Community Band’s free Winter concert on Sunday, March 3.

The 3 p.m. event will be held at the Center for Performing Arts in Dexter High School, 2200 North Parker Road, Dexter.

Directed by William Gourley, the program will include a special connection to the band’s history. James Hosay’s Highlander Legacy: Variations on “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye,” was commissioned by the band in memory of its founding conductor, David Angus.

Other music includes:

  • Randol Bass’ setting of “Oh Shenandoah”;
  • Aaron Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody;
  • American Variations from famed Michigan composer Jerry Bilik, which arranges the tune of “Barbara Allen” in several American idioms, from rock ‘n’ roll to the blues;
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song from John Barnes Chance;
  • Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry and “Shepherd’s Hey” English Morris Dance;
  • First Suite in Eb for Military Band, Gustav Holst’s breakthrough composition for wind ensembles also famous for its melody inversions.

The 85-member Dexter Community Band performs four free concerts a season. After the Winter Concert, the final performance of the season will be the Spring Concert, Bugs Bunny Goes to the Symphony, on May 5, at 3 p.m.

Founded in 1982, the Dexter Community Band is comprised of volunteer musicians from the local area. A registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the band performs professional-level symphonic wind music at four free concerts a year. There are also several free “Evening of Ensembles” featuring small groups from the band. For additional information about the band or how to provide financial support, please visit

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