Composer David R. Holsinger of
R. Holsinger – the world’s best-known composer of
band music, according to
But, Holsinger may have a better feel for
Holsinger sporting the popular Tiger Band Hoodie; wrote Pete LaRue, he’s captured the "Spirit of the Grrr..."
was inspired by the stories of the turbulent early history of this
school. Decade after decade of sacrificial service exemplified by men and
women of faith seem to call out from the past. Matthew 11:12 reads: From the Days of John the Baptist till now, the
“This work commemorates the LEGACY of those forceful men and women of faith and their desire to establish a haven of Christian Education two centuries strong.”
Rather than composing a variation of the (1926) hymn “Are Ye Able, Said the Master,” Holsinger has given us his impression of
kind of identify with a small, private college that has had growing pains –
almost stopping pains,” said the graduate of
“I’m not a dark person…I’m optimistic, light hearted,” said Holsinger, a two-time recipient of the prestigious Ostwald Composition Prize of the American Bandmasters Association. “And I think my attitude comes out in this piece.”
Holsinger feels about
“I tell my students: Go meet the composer. Music is very personal,” Holsinger said. “So, yes, Pete and I had a great time together. He’ll know how to play my music.”
was fascinated by the fact that Holsinger first
“develops a movie in his mind, then writes a
soundtrack. He paints these vivid pictures, these visual imageries that are so
playing of Legacy Music will never mean as much to anyone as it does us at
LaRue expects a crowded house because he said, “There’s not a band on the planet that hasn’t played a piece by Holsinger.” Among the special guests that evening will be his 19 “Gem Alumni” – LaRue’s Hall of Fame, if you will … doctors, lawyers, business people, teachers, preachers and public servants who are coming from all over the country to be a part of this special gala in this 163rd year of Tiger Bands.
of those Gem’s, Emily Hales Bennett ’03, an Assistant City Prosecutor in
“I have always loved Mr. Holsinger's music. I was very blessed to have been selected to be a part of an honor band conducted by (Holsinger) when I was in junior high school. I didn't get a chance to tell him this at the time, but I had reached a point where I had thought about quitting playing the flute. However, I was reminded about the joy of music at that honor band and chose to continue.
“If it had not been for that honor band I may have never been part of the Tiger Bands and if it hadn't been for the Tiger Bands I wouldn't be where I am today. Therefore, this piece is incredibly special to me and reminds me that what we do can affect people for years to come and in ways we would never even imagine!”
Featured Student Soloist for the concert is senior Gavin Sewell, who
will play “
There will also be a special offering by the Tiger Band Saxophone Quintet, and the traditional honoring of the Senior Band Scholars and a reception in the lobby of the Chapel immediately following the concert.