Bits and Pieces
This last Sunday, March 18, 2018 the Klamath Falls Community Band (KFCB) played the historic Ross Ragland Theater for their annual Spring Concert, Bits and Pieces. The concert featured world renown trombonist, Harry Watters.
The concert included eleven pieces three featuring Watters on his trombone: Over the Rainbow, Lassus Trombone, and A Musical Journey Through New Orleans.
"Any time anyone gets to play with someone of that calibur it's a treat," said Robert Izzett, Conductor/Director of the Klamath Falls Community Band.
"I am so fortunate to travel the country and have the opportunity to collaborate," says Harry Watters, Professional Trombonist. "Klamath Falls [Community Band] is special. This ensemble really coalesce, they sound like a group that has been together for many, many years continuously. The level of musicianship, how they play in tune and so musically."
"Rob [Izzett] is the consummate musician, an incredible leader, you can tell how everyone just to every nuance, and he inspires all of us," states Watters.
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 Watters held a clinic for local trombone players. Watters educated and inspired local musicians through his advice and knowledge. Watters also joined in a practice session on Saturday afternoon with the KFCB.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity to play with them again, here and in other locations. Like the midwest clinic in Chicago with is a showcase for community concert bands. I think we are just beginning now," exclaims Watters.
The KFCB begain practicing for this concert last January. Their next concert will be held July 4th in Veterans Park.
For more information on the Klamath Falls Community Band on how you can help, listen to their music or join, visit https://klamathcommunityband.com/
Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Artist. His numerous Summit Records releases include the popular Love Songs and the three critically acclaimed Brothers discs with trumpeter Ken Watters.
After graduation from the University of North Texas, Harry spent four years touring and recording with the renowned Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, a sleep-deprived Watters attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as the graduate assistant to Professor Ellis Marsalis.
Watters has performed with Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra.
Information from the Biography section of http://www.harrywatters.com/.
Izzett is no stranger to music, he is the son of a Band Director, and brother of a Band Director. Currently, Izzett is the director of bands at Brixner Junior High School and Mazama High School as well as the music coordinator for the Klamath County School District.
Prior to his tenure in the Klamath Basin, Izzett was the Band Director for Portland Community College and Vernonia High School. Izzett's musical education stems from Warner Pacific College and the American Band College of Southern Oregon University. Izzett has even served on the 204th and 234th Army Bands and has retired from 34 years of military service in January 2015.
About the Klamath Falls Community Band
The mission of the Klamath Falls Community Band (KFCB) is to promote band music in the Klamath Basin as a traditional community art form through performances, music education programs and community partnerships.
Today the KFCB consists of over 40 musicians and performs an average of three concerts per year in the spring, summer, and winter. As of February 2017 the KFCB is a 501 (c)(3) non profit and not listed as a public charity. Donations to the KFCB are tax-deductible.
Learn more about the KFCB at https://klamathcommunityband.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.