Barrow will play sax at final Guilderland Town Band concert

GUILDERLAND — Brendan Barrow will perform Sammy Nestico’s “Persuasion” as a saxophone soloist at the Guilderland Town Band’s final concert. He chose to play Persuasion because it reflects Nestico’s  jazzy style, but shows off the more classical tone of playing the saxophone, which he prefers.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Tawasentha Park, closing out the band’s 49th season. Titled “Flashback from 2008,” the concernt will feature a potpourri of music, including “Bugler’s Holiday,” “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and “Selections from Carousel.”

Barrow is the recipient of the 2018 Donald E. Webster Scholarship, established after Webster, who founded the band in 1969, retired in August 2001. It is awarded to a student in the Guilderland School District, a resident of the town of Guilderland, or a person who has played in the Guilderland Town Band for at least one year.

Applicants must be enrolled in college or graduate-level courses in the fall of 2018. The award is $400 and the winner is able to perform with the band. Applicants for the scholarship submit an application that includes an essay and an example of their playing.

Kathleen Richards-Ehlinger, the band’s music director, said in a release from the band, “I am thrilled that Brendan was chosen as this year’s scholarship recipient. This is his fourth year playing in the band. both of his parents have been playing in it for many years and his younger sister joined the band this summer. I love how it has become a family tradition.”

Barrow, of Ballston Lake, graduated from Shenendehowa High School in June and will be attending Clarkson University in the fall to pursue a degree in physics. He has been playing the alto saxophone since fifth grade.

He also plays the piano and has played all of the other instruments in the saxophone family as well as other woodwind instruments. He played for several years in Shenendehowa’s jazz and wind ensembles and last year played in the pit orchestra for the school’s production of “Footloose.” In addition, he has played for many honor bands outside of school, including the All-State Wind Ensemble.

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