Val­ley Con­cert Band brings mu­sic, mem­o­ries

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Panorama: Weekender - By Kyla Cathey LODI LIV­ING ED­I­TOR

Twenty years ago, Roland Terry was per­form­ing in Pleasan­ton when he was struck with an idea.

He gath­ered a group of his fel­low mu­si­cians and pitched an idea: They would come to­gether to cre­ate a con­cert band that would per­form through­out the Cen­tral Val­ley.

Bob Stover, the band man­ager and a per­cus­sion­ist, still re­mem­bers the ho­tel where he and other mu­si­cians signed on to Terry’s idea.

“A lot of the band mem­bers have been with it for 20 years. They’re char­ter band mem­bers, and they’re still play­ing,” said Corinne Terry, the pres­i­dent of the band’s board and wife of Roland Terry. “They re­ally en­joy it — it’s like a fam­ily.”

When Roland Terry passed away in 2003, con­duc­tor Chris An­der­son stepped up to fill his place and keep the band go­ing un­til his own un­timely pass­ing in De­cem­ber 2016.

Now, 20 years after that fate­ful Pleasan­ton meet­ing, the Val­ley Con­cert Band will cel­e­brate both con­duc­tors at a con­cert on Sun­day.

“One piece will be ded­i­cated to Roland Terry; it’s called ‘Heath­wood Over­ture,’” Stover said.

But an­other piece the band will per­form, in honor of An­der­son, is en­tirely new.

The band com­mis­sioned the piece, “To Cre­ate a Voice,” from Carol Brit­tin Cham­bers, a San An­to­nio-based com­poser who teaches at Texas Lutheran Univer­sity.

“It’s re­ally a nice trib­ute to him. The band was re­ally happy to hear it,” Corinne Terry said.

Cham­bers’ sis­ter, Ruth Brit­tin, is a mem­ber of the band and direc­tor of mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion at Univer­sity of the Pa­cific.

An­der­son, who served as con­duc­tor of the con­cert band for nearly 14 years, proved an able leader.

Roland Terry had been a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Rite, and was able to se­cure fund­ing from the group in the band’s early days. After he passed, An­der­son went out and sched­uled paid con­certs for the band, which is made up of pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, the Val­ley Con­cert Band played all over, in­clud­ing in Lodi. They play reg­u­larly at Vic­tory Park in Stock­ton, too.

An­der­son also helped to con­tinue the band’s schol­ar­ship pro­gram. The band spon­sors a cou­ple of de­serv­ing stu­dents each year so they can get 10 mu­sic lessons with teach­ers from Univer­sity of the Pa­cific.

“Right now, we have given out 39 schol­ar­ships,” Corinne Terry said.

A few of them have gone on to con­tinue learn­ing and play­ing mu­sic. One has be­come a mu­sic teacher, and an­other played with the Val­ley Con­cert Band for a time, she said.

“We were real pleased that our help was the be­gin­ning of help­ing them go up the lad­der with their mu­si­cal abil­ity,” she said.

Stover re­mem­bered An­der­son and Roland Terry as won­der­ful mu­si­cians and peo­ple.

“They loved mu­sic, and they kept us to­gether,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to the two pieces in honor of An­der­son and Terry, the au­di­ence at Sun­day’s con­cert can ex­pect to hear the march “Sem­per Fidelis” by John Philip Sousa, Chick Corea’s jazz fu­sion piece “Spain,” songs from the Broad­way mu­si­cal “Les Mis­er­ables” and a few other tra­di­tional tunes.

“We play a va­ri­ety of mu­sic, so the con­cert will have a lot of dif­fer­ent styles,” Stover said.

The con­cert will be about an hour long.

Cham­bers will also visit Lodi to hear the world pre­miere of “To Cre­ate a Voice,” Terry said.

“It’s go­ing to be a fun pro­gram, a lit­tle of some­thing for ev­ery­body,” Stover said.

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