Recent Performance History
Overture to Candide, Bernstein
Var. on a Korean Folk Song, Chance
Children's March, Grainger
Shepherd's Hey, Grainger
Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo, Arnold
Russian Christmas Music, Reed
Incidental Suite, C.T. Smith
Suite of Old American Dances, Bennett
O Magnum Mysterium, Lauridsen
Mekong, R.W. Smith
Salvation Is Created, Chesnokov
First Suite in Eb, Holst
Night on Fire, Mackey
Cajun Folk Songs, Ticheli
The Seal Lullaby, Whitacre
New World Symphony, Dvorak
The Avon Lake High School Symphonic Band is recognized as the premiere ensemble in the high school band program. Fifty to sixty students are accepted each year by audition. The Avon Lake Symphonic Band is a highly acclaimed ensemble that performs both new and classic literature for winds. In recent years, the Avon Lake Symphonic Band was invited to perform at Severance Hall in Cleveland, January, 2011; Orchestra Hall in Chicago, March, 2013; and most recently at Carnegie Hall in New York, April, 2016.
The Avon Lake Symphonic Band performs a diverse selection of wind symphony and wind ensemble literature. Recent repertoire includes the music of Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold, Robert Russell Bennett, John Philip Sousa, and Leonard Bernstein. The ensemble has also performed the music of new and contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre, John Mackey, Samuel Hazo, Robert W. Smith, and Brian Balmages.
Nearly half of the students in the Symphonic Band study privately and they all perform at the annual solo and ensemble contest. Fifteen members of the 2016-17 ensemble were accepted into the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. All of these experiences help the students to become well-rounded and mature performers with greater musical understanding and appreciation for quality music.
Avon Lake Band Director David Eddleman had the opportunity to meet Col. Arnald Gabriel, Conductor of the USAF Band (retired) at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December, 2012. A few months later, Col. Gabriel was the clinician for the Avon Lake Symphonic Band when they performed at the 4th Annual Percy Grainger Festival in Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMS OVERTURE TO CANDIDE
The Avon Lake Symphonic Band takes the stage this Saturday night, May 3rd, 2014 at 7 PM in the Avon Lake Performing Arts Center. The 50 member ensemble will play the Overture to Candide. Candide, first performed in 1956, is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire. The band will also play Valdres, a Norwegian march written by Johannes Hanssen and The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre.
The Avon Lake Symphonic Band performed with the Patriots Symphonic Band on May 3rd, 2014 in the Avon Lake High School Performing Arts Center. The Director of the Patriots Band is Mr. Harry Pfingsten, Director of Bands at Avon Lake High School from 1964 to 1991.
The comic strip writer, Tom Batiuk, used Mr. Pfingsten as his inspiration to create "Harry Dinkle", the famed comic strip band director!
John Mackey's "Night on Fire" and "Foundry"
The Symphonic Band performed "Night on Fire", written by John Mackey, in the spring of 2015. The Concert Band performed his piece entitled "Foundry" in May, 2016, with artwork projected onto the back of the stage shell. Students enjoyed both pieces as well as other music composed by Mackey, who, by the way, is a native of Ohio. Mr. Eddleman met John Mackey at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December, 2014.
MEKONG by Robert W. Smith
The picture is of Robert W. Smith, composer of Mekong, and Avon Lake Band Director David Eddleman, taken at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In the spring of 2012, the Avon Lake Symphonic Band performed Mekong, a powerful piece of music written by Smith about the Vietnam War. Eddleman discussed the piece two or three times with Smith over the course of the prep, discussing the use of a Vietnamese string instrument (played on synthesizer) and a hauntingly beautiful solo played on an Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI). There were also special effects and synthesized sounds needed to create the sound of waves lapping onto the shore and helicopter sounds created from drum heads.
Eddleman said the band performed the piece three times, and each time receiving strong emotional reactions from the audiences...and a standing ovation! People were so moved by the piece that Eddleman still has students, parents, and community members asking if they will play it again!
Interesting side note: Smith and Eddleman knew each other through their work in Drum Corps International, Eddleman as the Open Class Coordinator for DCI and Smith as the composer/arranger for DCI's Madison Scouts!
"The Avon Lake Symphonic Band, under the direction of Director David Eddleman, exhibits extremely high standards of instrumental music performance. My work with these outstanding students as clinician and guest conductor at concerts over the years has been a very rewarding experience for me because of their talents, discipline, and eagerness to learn.
Our performance together in Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, was especially a thrill for me because of their sensitive musical performance of “Salvation Is Created”.
Mr. Eddleman has worked diligently and tirelessly to create an exemplary band program that serves as a model for us all. His work at Avon Lake reminds us that teaching music is a most noble and exciting profession. (February 20, 2012)
Dr. John W. Knight is Professor of Conducting/Music Education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
SYMPHONIC BAND EARNS TOP HONORS
March 13, 2015 - The Avon Lake Symphonic Band came away from the OMEA District Band Contest at Elyria High School with a superior rating. The band will advance to the Class A State Finals on May 1st or 2nd. This year's contest repertoire included "On the Campus" by J.P. Sousa, "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance, and "Night on Fire" by John Mackey. Congratulations to all of the members of this year's Symphonic Band!
“It has been my pleasure to follow the musical excellence of the Avon Lake Symphonic Band since my arrival to Cleveland in 1988. Throughout the years, many of the finest musicians in The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony have come from this outstanding program. This tradition of a strong music and band curriculum has continued under the able leadership of Mr. David Eddleman. Their performances, quality of repertoire, and enthusiasm for high level music making are what make the Symphonic Band an honor to work with and a joy to hear.” (February 2012)
Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch is Director of Bands/Director of Music Education at Case Western Reserve University, conductor of the University Circle Wind Ensemble, and founder/conductor of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony.
“Congratulations on an outstanding performance last night. The Symphonic Band played with a high degree of musicianship and technical facility. It was clear that you have some outstanding young musicians in your group. The concert was a testament to your students’ talent and hard work and your dedication as a musician and gifted teacher. The Avon Lake Symphonic Band serves as a wonderful ambassador for your school and community.” (March 2, 2011)
Howard Meeker is Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music at Cleveland State University.
Ten Avon Lake Students Selected for Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony
Ten Avon Lake Band students were selected to perform in the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony for the 2014-15 school year. Pictured are: Anna Phillips, Braeden Loveless, EJ Wennerberg, Brennan Thomas, Nicole Ziemba, Ryan Jaeckin, Jordan Laird, Ashley Bradley, Sarah Mills, and Ilana Shapiro.
CLEVELAND YOUTH WIND SYMPHONY MEMBERS FROM AVON LAKE
Nine Avon Lake band students were selected to perform with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony in 2013-2014. The CYWS is based on the CWRU/CIM campus and performs in Severance Hall. Avon Lake students in the ensemble this year are: Kyle O'Malley, saxophone; Ashley Bradley, clarinet; Jordan Laird, trombone; Sarah Mills, flute; Mackenzie Miller, oboe; Tad VanNostran, trombone; EJ Wennerberg, saxophone; Ilana Shapiro, trumpet; and Adam Litzler, percussion (not main.phppictured).