Wind Symphony and Concert Band Presenting ‘Vaquero’


by News Bureau on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 21, 2013 – “Vaquero” will be presented by the Southeast Wind Symphony and Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The concert, under the direction of Martin Reynolds, Southeast assistant professor of music, will feature a collection of Americana selections. The Concert Band will perform “American Folk Rhapsody #3,” by Clare Grundman, “Montana Visions,” by John O’Reilly, “Heartland Heritage,” by David Gorham, and “Rock Springs Saga,” by William Owens. The Wind Symphony will perform “The Cowboys,” by John Williams, “San Antonio Dances,” by Frank Ticheli, “Sasparilla,” by John Mackey, and “Seven Cities of Gold” by David Lovrein.

The term “Vaquero” is Spanish for cowboy. This program was put together based on Reynolds’ time he lived in the American Southwest. Reynolds says he has come to appreciate the seemingly endless amount of sky that can be seen in the Western United States.

“The rugged features of the terrain, the grandeur of canyons and mountains, the people, the wildlife and the way of life are all part of the musical representation of this program,” Reynolds said. “This concert will not only present music of the cowboy but also of significant places, events and folksongs associated with the desert, the cattle trail, campfires, saloons, etc.”

The concert band is made up of 55 Southeast student-musicians. The wind symphony comprises 48 student-musicians who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The members largely consist of music majors and minors who are chosen by audition each semester.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at