HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – The City of Hattiesburg Concert Band performed at the historic Saenger Theater on Sunday to kick off its season with musicians from across the Pine Belt.
“This is our 40th season performing live with this band in Hattiesburg and we’re all musicians,” Hill said. “Some are band managers, some are educators, some are just everyday people and get together and love to play music and keep playing instruments.”
The performance began with the national anthem, followed by Hill leading the orchestra.
Although Hill acted as the main bandleader, he also introduced a familiar face to Central Town to lead the band.
“Our guest conductor (Sunday) is Dr. Melody Causby from Mississippi, Southern Miss, and so she’ll conduct Loch Lomond, American Sailing Songs, then do a ballad of Seal Lullaby, then we’ll end with scenes from The Louvre.”
Hill said that while it’s a great honor to lead, it’s actually the band members that make the band great.
“It’s okay, surround yourself with great musicians, and this band is awesome because of the musicians who sit in the band and are here every day to rehearse with their time, effort and dedication to make this a great gig. .”
Anyone interested in joining the City of Hattiesburg Concert Band can contact Hill on the band’s Facebook page.
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