SCF Symphonic Band to Rouse Your Animal Instinct

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 30, 2018) — The Symphonic Band at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present a concert featuring our furry and not-so-furry friends at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W. In conjunction with its “Animal Instinct” concert, SCF will host an adoption event with the Humane Society of Manatee County. The band will feature “Our Cast Aways,” a newly released score written about the 6.5 million animals taken to shelters each year.

The work, written by Julie Giroux, is dedicated to those working to end puppy mills, rescue and foster pets, and who provide the medical care for the abandoned animals. For that reason, the music program at SCF worked with the Humane Society to bring rescued dogs to the Neel Performing Arts Center before the concert. Patrons will be able to meet the dogs and consider adoption. The Humane Society also will have a table with information on its mission.

The concert also will include “The Hounds of Spring,” “Tiger Tail March,” “Alligator Alley” and “Blues for a Killed Cat.”   Audience members may experience the full gamut of emotions as they run with the animals featured in this concert. “The Hounds of Spring,” a concert overture for winds written by American composer Alfred Reed, is meant to elicit feelings of high-spirited, youthful jauntiness with the innocence of first love. “Tiger Tail March,” by Julie Giroux, is composed to be joyful, bold and funny. “Alligator Alley” may be a quintessential Florida composition. Michael Daugherty wrote this bright swing music after a trip throughout the Everglades. “Blues for a Killed Cat” is composed by Jack End and Frederick Fennell, and it is pure blues.

Robyn Bell, SCF’s director of instrumental studies, will conduct the concert, which is open to the public. General admission is $10; SCF student and staff tickets are $5. To purchase tickets, visit, or contact the box office at 941-752-5252.


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