Percussion supervisor and arranger David England returns to Music City in 2018 to join a design team working to deliver a show he says will be creative, unique, yet accessible to all audiences.
“The ideas for the show are based from moods and textures from various sources,” said England, a band director in Murfreesboro, Tenn., who has worked with Music City since 2014 as a percussion consultant, arranger and staff coordinator. “We’ve been listening to pieces such as Magnolia Star by Steve Danyew, Iron Foundry by Alexander Mosolov, and various bluegrass and blues pieces. We’ve also gained ideas for the mood of the show from a specific movie and television series.”
The ultimate goal is to design a show people will remember because of how much they enjoyed it, he said.
“We want them to enjoy it intellectually because it is accessible and they don’t feel confused or excluded,” England said. “We want them to connect on an emotional level because there’s a great human element in this season’s show. And we want them to enjoy it aesthetically because it’s designed well.”
England’s background includes marching with, arranging music for and instructing the MTSU Band of Blue drum line, marching with the Cadets of Bergen County, and staff with the Dutchboy Drum and Bugle Corps. He also instructs Nashville’s WGI finalist, champion and PASIC winning Father Ryan High School drum line.
“This activity has done so much for me,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to give back and try to carry the activity forward.”
The 2018 season brings a new level of excitement and optimism for Music City because of the talented members, instructional staff and awesome design team that have been assembled, England said.
“I want to present something the members feel confident playing and performing and a product they can be proud of,” he said. “I’m confident they will exhibit professionalism and performance excellence through quality and maturity in every way.”