The 2023 Meyer Music Honors Band
Rick Catherman, is a graduate of Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music Education 1990), and The University of Iowa (Master of Music Education Degree 1996), and earned National Board Certification in 2008. Mr. Catherman retired in June 2020 after 30 years of teaching. He began his career as director of instrumental music for the Concord Community Schools (1990-1994), served two years as a graduate assistant at The University of Iowa (1994-1996), four years as director of bands at South Haven High School (1996-2000) and twenty years as Director of Bands at Chelsea High School.
Triumphant Fanfare….Richard Saucedo
Richard Saucedo is an American composer, arranger, conductor and educator. He retired as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chairman at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana in 2013 after serving 31 years in the position. Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released over 300 marching band arrangements, concert band, and orchestral works as well as many choral compositions. The piece of his that we are performing for you this evening, Triumphant Fanfare offers the ensemble several rhythmic and metric challenges, and provides strong melodies and harmonic content that gives the piece momentum that keeps driving all the way to the end.
In Autumn’s Moonlight….David Samuel
David Samuel is an aspiring African American composer and a native of Pensacola, Florida. He received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and Master’s Degree in Science of Education at Troy University. David has composed and arranged music for concert bands, jazz bands, and marching bands around the southeast. In addition to his composing and arranging, David enjoys performing live as a jazz pianist, and is currently the Director of Bands at Foley High School in Foley, Alabama.
His composition, In Autumn’s Moonlight is an opportunity for the ensemble and audience alike to experience lush tone colors in a ballad setting, while featuring both the woodwind and the brass choirs performing soaring musical themes.
Chasing Sunlight….Cait Nishimura
Cait Nishimura is a Japanese Canadian composer known for writing nature-inspired, programmatic music. Cait has established herself as a prominent voice in the concert band community. The composer describes Chasing Sunlight, her composition that we’re performing this afternoon, as having been inspired by the experience of driving west into the setting sun, as if trying to keep up with the earth’s rotation to catch the last few rays of light before dusk. The steady eighth note motif throughout the piece represents this sense of urgency, while the soaring, lyrical themes depict the warmth and radiance of the sun low in the sky.
Just as the sun will always set, humans must accept the impermanence of all things in life, and make the most of every opportunity before it has passed. Chasing Sunlight also represents the ongoing pursuit of these opportunities.
United States Armed Forces Salute….arr. Douglas Wagner
The selfless commitment to duty of the men and women of our Armed Forces represents everything that is good, honorable and right in our country. Today, on this Veteran’s Day November 11, 2023, in tribute to these stalwart defenders of freedom and liberty, actively serving here or abroad, and those who have ever in the past taken the oath of enlistment and put on the uniform, the medley we are about to perform stands in testament along with the hearts of a grateful nation.
We invite those that are able to please stand and be recognized when your service song is performed. The five songs of the US Armed Forces are presented in the Department of Defense’s standard order:
- Army – “The Army Goes Rolling Along”
- Marines – “The Marine’s Hymn”
- Navy – “Anchors Aweigh”
- Air Force – “The U.S. Air Force Song”
- Coast Guard – “Semper Paratus (Always Ready)”
Meyer March….John Zdechlik
Meyer March was originally published in 1922 as a piano sheet titled 50th Anniversary March by Meyer Music House in Holland to commemorate its 1872 Founding. In 1972 Meyer Music was officially designated a “Michigan Centennial Business” by the state of Michigan. In 1992 the firm merged with Christian Music of Grand Rapids and continues to operate today as Meyer Music, recognized as one of the oldest retail music firms in the United States, and celebrating its 151st anniversary this year. Meyer’s current co-owners, Joel Hoekstra and Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra both enjoyed playing this piece when they were in high school band together.