2018 Concerts: June 29 and August 16

Glen Mar Church is pleased to present two free outstanding concerts this summer in Glen Mar’s Spirit Center. The concerts will feature the duo Ken and Brad Kolodner joined by Rachel Eddy on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. and Federal Brass of The U.S. Army Field Band on Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. The concerts last about 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Childcare is provided for preschool age and younger children. Programs with information about the musical selections and performers are given to audience members before each event begins.

For a flyer for the duo Ken and Brad Kolodner joined by Rachel Eddy concert, click here.

For a flyer for the Federal Brass of The U.S. Army Field Band, click here.

Ken and Brad Kolodner Joined by Rachel Eddy: June 29 at 7 p.m.

Summer Concerts TrioDon’t be surprised if your foot starts tapping as you listen to old time and folk music performed by three great musicians at Glen Mar’s first 2018 summer concert.

Ken Kolodner, a world-renowned hammered dulcimer player and old-time fiddler and his son Brad Kolodner, a singer and rising star among clawhammer banjo players, will headline the event. Performing with them will be Rachel Eddy, who sings, plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass.

The father/son Baltimore duo is well regarded for their innovative and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes. Ken toured for more than a decade with the world music trio Helicon. Brad is known for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions. The duo’s recording, “Otter Creek,” became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts.

Rachel Eddy was born and grew up in rural West Virginia, listening to local fiddlers and attending old-time festivals. Last fall, Rachel performed traditional and original songs in three-part harmony with The Early Mays, a trio from Pittsburgh. She also has performed in West Virginia as well as throughout Europe. Rachel has recorded four full-length albums: The Morgantown Rounders, Hand on the Plow, Chilly Winds (duo with Kristian Herner) and Nothin’ But Corn.

Federal Brass of The U.S. Army Field Band: August 16 at 7 p.m.

Summer Concerts 2018 Federal Brass bandThe Federal Brass of the U.S. Army Field Band, the newest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s brass ensembles, brings a unique and innovative approach to chamber music. Its signature style comes from its focus on new and original music and its members’ virtuosity and collective experience in big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, and orchestras – both symphony and studio.

Trumpet player Master Sgt. Ward Yager earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Memphis, a Master of Music Degree from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. He has recorded for Klavier Recordings, GIA Publications and Summit Records. He is a member of the Army Field Band Brass Quintet and serves as leader of the Army Field Band’s Chamber Music Series.

Another trumpet player Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of North Texas where he served as teaching fellow for the Department of Jazz Studies. He has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Moscow Ballet in addition to being a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Staff Sgt. J.G. Miller, who plays the horn, holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Arizona and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Southern California. Staff Sgt. Miller has performed with The Who, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and on several major motion picture scores.

Trombonist Master Sgt. Wesley Ballenger earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University and studied in Vienna, Austria. In addition to performing with the U.S. Army Concert Band, the U.S. Army Field Band Trombone Ensemble, and the Federal Brass Instrumentalists, he has been the bass trombonist with the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, and the 2004 Disney Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, FL.

Sgt. 1st Class Carmen Russo, who also plays the trombone, obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida. He has performed with several professional organizations, including The Florida Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, The Symphony of Southwest Florida, Walt Disney World and the Holland and Carnival Cruise Lines and he played in numerous traveling off-Broadway shows, including The Lion King and 42nd Street.

On percussion, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Marino graduated from Eastman School of Music with degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education. After beginning his graduate studies at Boston University, he earned his Master of Music Degree at the University of Maryland. In 2006, Sgt. 1st Class Marino was named the Principal Timpanist of The U.S. Army Field Band. He has been a featured soloist with the Concert Band at The American Bandmasters Association Convention and The Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference.

Funding

Funding for these free concerts comes from sponsors, donations, and grants.Howard County Center for the Arts CouncilThe Howard County Arts Council awarded the Glen Mar Summer Concert Series a Community Arts Development grant in August 2017.

Sponsor or Donate: If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2018 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at summerconcerts@glenmarumc.org.

Committee

In early 2017, Glen Mar Director of Music Dr. Sophie Hong formed a volunteer committee to help with the concert series. Committee members meet a few times a year to offer advice on prospective performers and other aspects of the concerts. Committee members acquire sponsors and donors, submit grants, publicize the events, and handle refreshments served during the concerts.

Members of this committee are Connie Ballenger (director of publicity), Scott Carter, Lois Hildebrand, Patty Hutton, Estelle King, Fred Sadler (executive director), and Susan Straumanis. Additional volunteers help with ushering, greeting, child care, and technology.

Sign Up to Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at summerconcerts@glenmarumc.org.

A Slideshow of our 2017 Concerts