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The Imperial Teteque Band Features Hughesville Jazz Band

By Staff | Apr 13, 2010

Kate Anderson, a senior at Hughesville High School will be performing a solo, "Flight of the Bumble Bee" at the Teteque Imperial Band's annual spring concert on Sunday, April 25.

The Imperial Teteque Band of the Scottish Rite Valley of Williamsport will present its Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 348 Market Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Gordon Taylor is Musical Director and Carsten Jon Ahrens will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

As always, the concert program will include a variety of popular selections. In addition to a number of marches, including “The Unconquerable Eagle” by the band’s own Donald Benninger, the program includes a number of melodies from the pen of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, as arranged by Warren Barker, and entitled “The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” as well as British composer Gustav Holst’s, “First Suite in Eb for Military Band.”

However, the pice de rsistance of the concert will be an alto sax solo, “The Flight of the Bumble Bee,” by Hughesville High School senior, Kate Anderson.

Kate was honored last fall by her selection into the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, being one of only 97 finalists from across the entire United States. She was chosen lead alto sax player in the Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Band, was a finalist in 2009 for the Williamsport Symphony Young Artist Competition, and has made many impressive appearances as guest artist with local musical groups such as the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble, Pennsylvania All-State Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble and the Susquehanna University Honors Band.

During intermission, a second musical treat from Hughesville will feature popular selections by the Hughesville High School Jazz Band, led by Mark Boyer, Musical Director.

“We chose the Hughesville Jazz Band to be our guest artist because they are such an outstanding organization. They are really special and just blew me away,” said Bob Wise, trumpet player for the Teteque Band and publicity chair for the event.

The band is 103 years old and considered one of the oldest Masonic-affiliated bands in the world. With 45 to 50 members, The Imperial Teteque Band has included non-Masons for many decades, as well as musicians from a wide range of ages from junior high school students to those in their eighties. For nearly a decade the band has included female musicians. The band is always looking for new members in all sections, including brass, reeds, and percussion.

The Teteque Band is supported solely by a patron/sponsor campaign and other free will donations, making it possible for its concerts to offer free admission to the general public.

Anyone interested in becoming a 2010 patron or sponsor, or in joining the Teteque Band, can contact the Scottish Rite office at 570/323-6294, any band member, Musical Director Gordon Taylor at 570/323-2279 or by email at gtoldsax@aol.com.

For more information about Kate Anderson, or to hear some of her music, visit www.reverbnation.com/KateAnderson.