West Texas A&M Town and Gown band closes February with first concert of 2018

CANYON — The West Texas A&M Town and Gown Band is ready to end the month of love in style with its first of three yearly concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on WT’s campus.


The band, under the direction of Gary Garner, is composed of area professional and amateur musicians who gather each Monday to rehearse and enjoy music long after high school and college bands are not a reality.

“The community has an opportunity to hear 60 or so dedicated and talented musicians from the (Texas) Panhandle who come together to enjoy making music and sharing it with Panhandle friends,”

The concert featuring a John Philip Sousa march — “Rifle Regiment” — “Shostakovich’s Festive Overture” and other works is free.

“It’s worth every penny,” Garner joked. “People get their money’s worth.”

At only the price of gas, audiences will also enjoy a chamber group featuring Alex Coke on oboe, Ismael Alfaso on clarinet and Loralu Rayburn on bassoon.

“Our opening is very fast and exciting,” said Garner. “It’s like the title ‘Festive Overture.’”

Three Chorale Preludes by William Latham and a by Vaslav Nelhybel are also on the expected program.

“We enjoy playing for the people of the Panhandle,” Garner said, “and for that time it’s just music and joy.”

How to go

What: West Texas A&M Town and Gown Band

Where: Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall, WT campus, Canyon

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

How much: Free