Clarinets, violins, and trombones jamming to Bon Jovi tunes, Queen’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody, and the Black Panther soundtrack might sound a little out-of-the box, but what’s summer without a little surprise? The WPI Summer Band Concert on July 16 offers these selections and more surprises at its annual summer jam.
When teaching professor and administrator of music Doug Weeks starts thinking about the WPI Summer Band, there’s no specific plan in place except to enjoy the process and present great music to the community. The band has been performing a signature concert every summer for the past 20 years or so, and each year is different.
“With the summer band, I never know who I am going to get,” says Weeks. With an assembly of current students, alumni, and faculty, he says the summer season is a time to loosen up and experiment with different types of music.
“The music is light,” he says. “It’s not the same intensity of music we have during the year. It’s more show tunes and light stuff and with a nod to pop culture.”