Indiana Wind Symphony to premier Mruzek's work

The Indiana Wind Symphony will perform the premiere of a new work by Hanover College Associate Professor of Music David Mruzek at a free concert to benefit the Henryville (Ind.) High School Band.

Henryville was one of many locations in southern Indiana to feel the devastating effects from the series of tornadoes in early March of this year that destroyed much of its school.

The event will take place at the Carmel Gazebo, Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., in Carmel, Ind. It is free of charge and open to the public. Audience members are invited to bring cash donations, checks payable to the Henryville High School Band, usable band instruments, concert band music or music stands to help replenish lost items.

Mruzek, who has a long association with the Boy Scouts of America, composed “The Eagle Scouter March” over a period of two years. He describes it as an extended concert march, with some unexpected harmonic twists.  

“All of the instruments in the band have a fun and interesting part to play, especially the flutes and clarinets,” said Mruzek.

“The Eagle Scouter March” is the fourth piece he has written in honor of the troop.

“I am very proud of my association with the Boy Scouts of America,” he said. “It is a wonderful organization for teaching our young people about citizenship and the value of cheerful service to others.”  

The soloists for the performance will be IWS Principal Tuba Andy Meyer and recent Carmel High School graduate trumpeter Jacob Hook, who will play the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

Guest conductors will include Henryville Band Director Shanna Ledbetter and Jason Gardner, director of bands at Mt. Vernon High School.

Other works include music by John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin and Indiana-native Charles Duble, among others.  

Mruzek looks forward to seeing the audience’s reaction to his newest composition. “I just hope that they enjoy the piece,” he said. “It’s a real thrill for a composer to know that other people enjoy your music.