Clark College Concert Band to perform Fri., March 13

Concert features David Maslanka’s ‘Golden Light’

VANCOUVER — The Clark College Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Doug Harris will present its Winter Concert “A Golden Light” on Fri., March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium, 5700 E 18th St, Vancouver.

Clark College Concert Band Wind musicians are shown here. Photo courtesy of Jenny Shadley
Clark College Concert Band Wind musicians are shown here. Photo courtesy of Jenny Shadley

This free concert will feature some very well-known works, as well as some lesser-known work by prominent composers. On the “well-Known” list, the band will perform Lucien Calliet’s transcription of Giocomo Rossini’s Italian in Algiers Overture, as well as William Latham’s Three Chorale Preludes. Lesser known works include English composer Gordon Jacob’s final composition, Celebration Overture, written for the Harvard University Band and Golden Light, an early work by the American composer David Maslanka.

“I conducted Golden Light approximately 20 years ago, and it is wonderful to come back and spend some time with this ‘old friend,’” says Dr. Harris. “Also on this concert is Johan de Meij’s Gandalf, from his Lord of the Rings symphony and a beautiful fantasia written on a theme by Samuel Barber. Truly something for everyone.”

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, see

About Doug Harris

Dr. Doug Harris is in his second year as director of bands at Clark College after serving as assistant director of bands at Western Kentucky University, and director of bands at both Santa Clara University and Southern Utah University. He also enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a high school band director in Florida. 

Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.  His conducting teachers include Richard W. Bowles, Dr. Raymond Chobaz, Dr. German Gutierez, Dr. Richard Mayne and Dr. Kenneth Singleton, and has studied with Douglas Akey, Stanley Derusha, John Paynter and Frank Batiste.  

At his most recent high school, Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, FL., his concert and jazz bands were recognized as being among the elite in the state, regularly receiving highest marks at district and state festivals.  The Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the University of Florida Invitational Concert Band Festival as well as the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. The top jazz band performed at, and won, jazz festivals in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, and has earned praise while performing with jazz notables such as Ira Sullivan, Bill Prince, Marc Dickman, Christian Tamburr, Maynard Ferguson, David Steinmeyer, Bobby Shew and Portland’s own Charlie Porter.

Information provided by Clark College Communications.