The next Rolla Town Band performance will feature Michael O’Brien of Waynesville, Mo., the band’s new piccolo player. O’Brien will solo on Robert Starer’s Fantasy on When Johnny Comes Marching Home, which was written for the bicentennial of the West Point Band. The concert will also include a selection of marches and overtures.
The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, on the Castleman Hall Green, located at 10th and State streets, on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology. The concert is free and open to the public.
“Michael is a remarkable young man with a great future ahead of him in music,” says conductor Dr. Robert J. Cesario, assistant professor of arts, languages and philosophy at Missouri S&T. “It is a real pleasure having him in our group this summer.”
O’Brien is a sophomore studying flute performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is an active member of the school’s wind ensemble, conservatory orchestra and opera orchestra. He was in the Missouri All-State Band for three years, participated in four national honor bands and was principal flutist of the Springfield Youth Symphony.
The Rolla Town Band will also offer one additional free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, also on the Castleman Hall Green.