Community band presents Spring Concert

The concert is a benefit for Friends of Florence Van Fans

May 4, 2019 — The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble will present its annual Spring Concert at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw in Florence on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 2 p.m. The concert is a benefit for Friends of Florence Van Fans.

The program will highlight selections from the musicals “West Side Story” and “Chicago” as well as marches by Karl King, Henry Fillmore and John Phillip Sousa. Featured also will be a suite from “Game of Thrones,” Frank Ticheli’s evocative setting of “Shenandoah” and “Intermezzo for Band” by the Dutch composer Jan de Haan. The two Sousa pieces on the program will be the rarely heard “Fugue on Yankee Doodle” and the frequently heard “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The band’s principal conductor is David Olson, who has had a long history with the band, serving as co-director and lead alto sax in prior years. Besides the Wind Ensemble, Olson also conducts the Florence Community Choir.

The concert is free but a donation of $5 per person and $10 per family would be appreciated. Proceeds will go to Friends of the Florence Van Fans. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Newport Food Pantry.

The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble is composed of about 35 professional and amateur musicians from the central Oregon coast, and has provided concert band entertainment for more than two decades. The band plays several concerts per year throughout the region: seasonal celebration December concert in Yachats, spring concerts in Florence and Newport, Waldport High School graduation and a house concert at Florentine Estates.

No auditions are required to join the band. Rehearsals are Monday nights during the school year, alternately in Waldport and Florence. Most of the members are adult, but high school students are always welcome. For further information, visit  

As part of the band’s outreach program, Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble provides scholarships to local music students, mainly from Newport, Waldport and Siuslaw high schools. Persons interested in applying for a scholarship should contact the music teacher at his or her local school.

For further information, contact Eric Bigler, band secretary, at [email protected]