Southern Stars present “Roaring 20’s & Broadway hits” on May 20

Crossville’s own professional brass band of 30 musicians, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, will be giving their last concert of this season on Saturday, May 20 at 7 pm at Crossville’s Stone Memorial HS’s 1200 seat auditorium. The concert will feature music from the Roaring 20’s era, with other selections from Broadway, and even a movie theme and a Beatles hit.

You will certainly find a wide variety of music that is sure to meet with approval by the appreciative audiences who have come to understand the great quality and value of this cultural addition to Crossville. Members of the SSSB are top brass instrumentalists and percussion musicians from Eastern & Middle Tenn. and include University music professors, secondary music educators and great musicians from other career backgrounds. The SSSB is in its 9th season.
Sponsors for this concert whose support helps keep this outstanding instrumental ensemble financially viable are: Season Sponsor – Bed & Biscuit Kennel, and Concert Sponsors – Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, David Bell – State Farm Insurance, and Cumberland Eye Care (Drs. Gallaway and Holt). The SSSB encourages folks to patronize these sponsors who have been loyal sponsors of our Crossville concert series.

The theme for this concert is “Strike Up the Band” which indicates the rousing music which is on this concert program. A special guest conductor, Dr. Ronald Holz, will be on hand to direct some selections and share the baton with our regular director, Dr. Steven Sudduth. Ron Holz is a renowned director and musicologist who retired recently as the Director of Music at Asbury College (now Asbury University) and was the longtime director of the Lexington Brass Band. The band’s principal cornet for the past 4 season’s, Alex Wilborn, will be featured soloist on the beautiful and dynamic “Manhattan” piece. This will be Alex’s last concert with the SSSB, as he has been accepted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City for graduate school, to further his career plans to be a member of a top tier symphony orchestra.

Alex Wilborn

Alex Wilborn


The remainder of the concert will contain the following selections: “Breezin’ Down Broadway” (medley of Broadway hits), “Mardi Gras” from Grofe’s Mississippi Suite, John Philip Sousa’s ” Who’s Who in Navy Blue”, “Jurassic Park” movie theme, Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm”, the latin hit “Malaguena”, Gershwin’s “Strike Up The Band”, Holst’s “Moorside Suite”, the big top march “Entry of the Gladiators”, Beatles hit “Ticket to Ride”, roaring 20’s hit “That’s a Plenty”, and the Spanish March “Amparito Roca”.


Ticket prices for this concert are $22 for Adults and $5 for Students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following outlets: Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of Tennessee branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, and at Bed & Biscuit Kennel (off of Peavine Rd.). Group sales discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Call Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939 for additional details on group sales or other questions.


The Southern Stars have also been honored with an invitation to provide three concerts at the “one-of-its-kind” Great American Brass Band Festival on June 3 & 4 in Danville, KY. They have been selected to represent the North American brass bands and will be one of 20 other music ensembles performing at this weekend of FREE outdoor concerts. This is the 29th annual GABBF event and it is common to have audiences of 5,000.

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