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May the 4th Be With You

May the 4th Be With YouBuy TicketsSaturday, May 4, 2019

Opening Notes: 6:30
Pre-concert Music: 7:00
Concert: 7:30

Help us celebrate the heroes and heroines of today’s cinema! Music will include favorites from Star Wars and more! Guest conductor is Fred J. Allen.


Fred AllenConductor: Fred J. Allen

Fred J. Allen is a music teacher, conductor, arranger, composer, and author. His teaching career spans over 40 years, and included posts as Director of Bands at two different universities and in two public school districts. At the university level, he taught numerous courses in the music education and wind-conducting curricula, including conducting lessons, wind literature, rehearsal techniques, instrumental methods, and orchestration, in addition to conducting duties with the wind ensemble. His teaching was recognized in 2012 with the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Allen is a native of Longview, Texas. He played in the bands of Paul Stroud and Jimmy Yancey before moving into the Longview High School Band under the baton of John “Pete” Kunkel. He also played in the LHS orchestra under Dr. James Snowden, as well as having played two seasons in the Longview Symphony, 1970-72.

As an arranger and composer, Allen has published several pieces for band, orchestra and flute choir that have drawn upon his experience in teaching in the public schools. These works have been performed frequently at conventions and festivals across the United States and internationally. He has several commissioned works in progress.

Allen played principal clarinet with the Ft. Worth Civic Orchestra for five seasons, was bass clarinetist with the Irving Symphony for three seasons, and played clarinet in the Irving Symphony Woodwind Quintet for six years. He held the piccolo position with the Abilene Philharmonic for six years and played both flute and clarinet in several community bands. As a woodwind specialist, he has performed professionally at Opryland, USA and for the Ice Capades and the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, as well as over forty musicals and operas. His first opportunity to perform as a multi-woodwind musician was in the pit orchestra for the Longview Community Theatre production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” in 1971.

Single concert ticket prices*

Level A
$50
Level B
$40
Level C
$30
Level D
$20
Student
$10
Children (0-12)
$5

Discounts for single purchases of 10 or more tickets.

* Plus applicable fees per ticket

Order online through the Belcher Center, or by calling the Box Office at 903-233-3080, M-F 10-5.