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NCCB schedules May 20 concert


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Marine Staff Sgt. Hiram Diaz, euphonium player with the U. S. Marine Band, will be the featured soloist at the North Cascades Concert Band's May 20 Performance at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center.

The North Cascades Concert Band's conductor, Rob Pattermann, and the NCCB are happy to announce that Staff Sgt. Hiram Diaz, euphonium player with the U.S. Marine Band "The Presidents Own," from Washington, D.C., will be the featured soloist with the NCCB this spring.

Pattermann has chosen the theme for the concert to be "Sousa On Tour." The concert will be presented on Saturday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center on the campus of Arlington High School, located at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. in Arlington.

Staff Sgt. Diaz will be featured on "Flight of the Bumble Bee," "Napoli," and "Flower Song" by Bizet. In addition, the NCCB euphonium section will join Diaz in performing "All Those Endearing Charms" and "The Melody Shop." Also programmed is music by Alfred Reed, Richard Strauss, George Gershwin, Morton Gould, and many John Philip Sousa marches. Maestro Pattermann said, "It is a program that's sure to astound and entertain all who attend."

Staff Sgt. Diaz became a member of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band in January 2012. Diaz began his musical instruction at age 12. He graduated in 2003 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where he earned a bachelor's degree in music performance in 2007. He is currently pursuing his master's degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

The NCCB is directed by Rob Pattermann and Assistant Director Warren Hopkins. Tickets are not necessary, although donations will be greatly appreciated.

For more information visit the NCCB's website at The North Cascades Concert Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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