Skyliners Announce 2018 Program

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The Skyliners proudly announce their 2018 Show – “TOTALITY – Everything Changes…” There are 5 movements, just as there are 5 parts of a solar eclipse.
It’s going to be a fun, uplifting show that performers will all enjoy performing, and will captivate and entertain the audience. Selections include:

Part 1 – Hymn to the Sun
Part 2 – Totality (original music)
Part 3 – Song of Joy
Part 4 – Here Comes the Sun
Part 5 – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

The show starts with an Introduction and Opener from “Hymn to the Sun – With the Beat of Mother Earth” by Satoshi Yagisawa. Yagisawa is a modern Japanese composer whose work includes orchestral music, chamber music, choral music and music for traditional Japanese instruments. He acts as a judge in competitions, is a guest conductor with many orchestras, and authors articles in professional music journals.

“Totality”, the Percussion transition, presents original, upbeat music by Battery Arranger Scott Johnson and Pit Arranger and Sound Designer Sean Gordon. This piece will drive the audience into the applause break before the ballad.

“Reach Totality: Ballad” includes Source Music from “Song of Joy” by Captain & Tennille. “Song of Joy” is also the second studio album by Captain & Tennille, released in 1976. With music by Billy Preston and Reginald Rasputin Boutte. William Everett Preston was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. This piece was featured in Preston’s own “It’s My Pleasure” album (1975).

The percussion with winds number is “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison. This song was first released on the Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. Along with “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, it is one of Harrison’s best-known compositions from the Beatles era.

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin will bring the Skyliners’ 2018 show to a close. It was originally recorded in 1974 by Elton John for his studio album “Caribou” and was released as a single that peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and reached Number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.

Designers John Meehan (Brass Arranger); Scott Johnson (Battery Arranger); Sean Gordon (Pit Arranger and Sound Designer); Brandon Wickham (Visual Designer); Krysta Ganey (Color Guard Designer) – together with Keith Dunton (Program Coordinator) have planned an intricate and amazing show with diverse styles to challenge and enlighten the Skyliners in their 5th season back on the field of competition.

Find out more at The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps’ Open House:

Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Check-in is at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Check-in is at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Nazareth Area Middle School
94 Friedenstahl Avenue, Nazareth, PA 18064

Camp Fee: $25.00

Keep up-to-date with us via our website, The Skyliners Website, or join The Skyliners 2018 Interest Page. You can Email Joshua Delanuez (info [at] marchsky [dot] org) for more information. We look forward to seeing you at our Open House!

Posted by on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.