The Ukiah Daily Journal
Mendocino College Symphonic Band performs Dec. 12
The musicality of a symphonic band ranges from an overwhelming volume of sound to the most delicate kind of instrumentation found. The Mendocino College Symphonic Band — comprised of brass, woodwind and a multitude of percussion instruments — will accordingly serenade and excite audiences on Thursday, Dec. 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Center Theatre.
As a community band, the members in the ensemble are a mixture of local, seasoned musicians who have participated in the band for years as well as talented, college-aged students who are intent on honing their skills and gaining experience.
Having the opportunity to work with and produce classic instrumental sounds with such a diverse groupofmusicianswas part of the reason symphonic band conductor Phillip Lenberg came to Mendocino County at the beginning of 2018.
Beforehand, his own musical journey principally began following a high education at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Once attaining a PhD in Music, he gained significant experience as an apprentice director for the Las Vegas Philharmonic as well as conductor of several ensembles. Lenberg’s successful professional career eventually led him to consider instructing other musicians and ultimately brought him to interview and audition for a position at Mendocino College.
“I really liked the feeling of the college. I love that they’re interested in involving people in the communitywho are traditionally underrepresented. Expanding diversity and inclusion through the arts is important tome as a teacher,” says Lenberg, current professor of music at the college.
The weekly meetings of his symphonic band class come to