Muskingum University Associate Professor of Music Dr. David Turrill will lead this summer’s 100th Anniversary Season of the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band. Dr. Turrill serves as Artistic Director of the group, which performs a five-concert summer season annually. Members of the group are local professional and amateur musicians, including many Muskingum alumni, faculty and staff, and students. Kelley Ryan ’75 is the Assistant Director.
To mark its centennial milestone, the band has commissioned a new work by award-winning American composer Brian Balmages. Mr. Balmages will attend the premiere of his “Eternal Flame” on Sunday, June 25 during the 100th Anniversary Concert at 7 p.m. in Zane’s Landing Park. The band’s Centennial Season also includes “Music for All” on June 4, “Celebrate America” on July 2, “A Sousa Spectacular” on July 16, and “Through the Years” on July 30.
All Zanesville Memorial Concert Band concerts are free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. at Zane’s Landing Park, except for the July 2 concert which will be held at Secrest Auditorium. Secrest Auditorium is also the rain location for all concerts except for June 4, when Zanesville High School is the rain location.
Dr. Turrill will also conduct the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds in a summer pops performance on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival in Cambridge City Park’s Big Pavilion. The concert will feature music from movies and video games, as well as popular jazz selections. The performance is free and open to the public.
The Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds is also comprised of local professional and amateur musicians, including many Muskingum students, faculty and staff, and alumni. The group performs three concerts each academic year in Brown Chapel on the University’s campus.
Dr. Turrill serves Muskingum’s music department as director of bands and coordinator of music education, conducting the Muskingum Wind Ensemble and the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, and teaching applied trumpet and music education courses. He is an active trumpet performer and sought-after guest clinician for high schools and honors band festivals throughout Ohio.