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Larry Stoner was a Monticello schools band director for over three decades, while Alison Allender is the current director of bands for the local high school. The pair will come together for a concert as Stoner’s Parkland Concert Band and Allender’s Monticello High School concert bands will present a joint effort at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Monticello’s Miller Gym.
“Bringing the Past and the Present Together” will feature selections by both groups, and is free to the public.
“I’m the past, and the present is Allison” joked Stoner, who has headed up the Parkland band for the past two years.
For Allender, it is a unique opportunity for her students to interact with college and Parkland community musicians.
“I feel like it’s going to be great to see a college group, and talk to their musicians to see that potential,” said Allender, who is in her 12th year at Monticello, three as director of bands.
The Parkland band will present a variety of musical selections, including “The Sinfonians Symphonic March” by Clifton Williams; “Sunrise at Angel’s Gate” by Phillip Sparke, and “Puszt” by Jan Van der Roost.
Stoner said his group is made up of all ages and musical interests.
“Basically, it’s a community band. The age varies from 15 to 83. It’s a fine ensemble, and I thoroughly enjoy working with them,” he said.
For the first time under Allender, Monticello has two concert bands. Enrollment is around 140 in band, which she said was “great for marching band, but 140 in a room for concert band is difficult. But it’s a good problem to have.”
One of the Monticello bands will perform “Semper Fidelis March” by John Phillip Sousa, “The Unknown Soldier” by James D. Ployhar, and “Pirates of the Caribbean Symphonic Suite” by Klaus Badlet. The other concert band will play “First Suite in E Flat for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “To Dance in the Secret Garden” by Robert W. Smith, and “John Williams: The Symphonic Marches” by John Williams.