Julius Barkley and John Gunter, Conducting
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
Gaston Memorial Park Cemetery. 2305 Williamsburg Dr., Gastonia, NC
May 30, 2016, 10:00 AM. The GSB will play just prior to the event.
Thank you to the GSB for including the GSO in your spring concerts. ...I enjoyed playing violin with you, and the wonderful sound around me. So many talented musicians, and thank you to John Gunter, conductor, for leading us in some very exciting and moving music. We missed Casey Bork sharing the podium, who conducted the GSO this past season, and hope and pray for a full recovery from a recent sudden illness. Wonderful having so many students performing with us!
Nancy Wooten Brown
Another night of beautiful music.
Elizabeth Payne Seay
It was a great performance. You all are amazing.
Kay Thomas Crow
Beautiful roses given to me at last night's Gaston Symphonic Band concert. I'm retiring at the end of the season from a wonderful band that I love. It's overwhelming to see the love and appreciation extended to me from this band.
December 13, 2015
I am so proud of Bethany Broesder, elementary music teacher at Northside Christian Academy. She totally rocked these bells in last Friday night's performance by the Gaston Symphonic Band. A highlight of the night was her part in the finale "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed. We are so blessed to have Fine Arts faculty who are not only great teachers but talented artists in their own right.
December 12, 2015
An over the top concert!! Many thanks to all members of Gaston Symphonic Band & Exodus Hand bell Choir for a delighful night of beautiful Christmas music.
October 25, 2015
WELL DONE !!
Congratulations on a terrific concert last night, the sound was great and the audience was appreciative. The program handout was beautiful and professionally done. I thought the announcer was enjoyable, and had a good sense of humor.
I had a very enjoyable experience you should all be proud.
Gaston String Orchestra
Experiencing a GSB concert is exciting and exhilarating. Each one is unique in both music selection, instrumentation and presentation. The band may use a full choir, dancers, strings, soloists, ensembles, even bell ringers and who could forget the BOOM of live cannons. Service to Gaston County is important to the band. You may see them at a veterans program at Memorial Park, entertaining at the Christmas Tree lighting in Downtown Gastonia, dedicating a monument on main street and even delighting the crowd at the Yule Log festival in McAdenville.
The band extends a sincere thank you to the loyal fans that enthusiastically attend their events. Thank you to the donors and sponsors that allow the band to concentrate on being the best they can be. If you are reading this and have not been to a GSB concert. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!! It is awesome and it is always offered at no charge! Please get out and support YOUR band. Make sure to come up afterwards and say hello when you are there.
The finest musicians, equipment, music, conductors, instructors and the pride of accomplishment makes up your band.
One of the GSB’s underlying goals is to provide an outlet for musicians that were part of a High School or College band who want to continue to use their talents. The band today consists of professional performers, former military bandsmen, band directors and teachers. Also, intermediate players have found a place to hone their skills along with those who have decided to get the horn out of the closet and renew their gift of music.
All adults are welcome without an audition. Students are asked to bring a note from their band director recommending them. The GSB band director will determine fit, suitability and need for the particular instrument in the band. Section leaders and directors provide coaching at all levels. Registration and dues are required for each member. If you want to join, show up at a rehearsal. You can bring your instrument if you like, or just watch your first time. Then join in as you are comfortable. Rehearsals are on each Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 PM at Grier Middle School in Gastonia.
Excellence is inter-woven in every fiber of the GSB. With the pride that each musician takes as they strive to perfect their art. Or the diligence the director takes in selecting arrangements and ensuring the band is fully prepared to perform. Or the board of director’s attentiveness to the details of the finances, facilities, community service and awareness, adult and student development and much more.
Excellence though is proven by the fruits of the band's labor. Year by year the programs have grown in both complexity and participants. Audiences have grown to fill the largest venues in Gaston County. Funds have been donated each year from partners to keep the music playing. See more about donors on the Donor Tab. When the band receives multiple standing ovations and cries of “bravo” and "more” they know they have made the community proud. The band also knows they are reaching their goals when the best musicians in the area fill their ranks year after year.
Thank you fans of the band, the performers and directors for creating this top provider of the arts known as"The Gaston Symphonic Band".
Gaston Symphonic Band Concerts have evolved into multi-dimensional shows. The concerts are now often collaborative art productions. The band may call on The Gaston String Orchestra, The Gaston Dance Theater, and even a full choir to enhance a particular event. The effort to put on such a show begins with the choice of a venue, music, theme and partners and flows through marketing, public relations and printing.
Last year the band rolled out a new initiative to improve the quality of concerts and to spread the work load to a team. Concert Producers were created. Some of the producers are seasoned performers that have become experts on particular concerts and will produce that concert each year. New producers are also coming forward to work for their favorite concert.
According to Ben Reavis, last year’s President that rolled out this program, “The producers were vital to the success of the season. I was very pleased to see that the program was enthusiastically renewed for this season with a full complement of producers stepping up to the plate.”