From prominent organ soloist Gordon Turk to the winner of the 16th Annual NJWS Youth Soloist competition, we are showcasing musical talent that spans across generations. The NJWS will perform a variety of works including Dmitri Shostakovich’s iconic “Festive Overture” before sharing the stage with the finest local high school wind, brass, and percussion students to join us on stage as part of our Side by Side program. We look forward to this concert experience as it allows us to interact with the music students that are the future of school and community bands across the nation!
Gordon Turk is a prominent American concert organist. He has played throughout the United States, made two concert tours in Japan, and performed frequently in Europe, including the Ukraine and Russia, both as solo organist and with orchestra.
Turk is particularly well known as resident organist of the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Since he took this post in 1974, the famed Robert Hope-Jones organ has been enriched with a remarkably diverse tonal palette and expanded to its current size of 207 ranks and more than 13,000 pipes, played from a five manual console.
Turk is also organist and choirmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania and professor of organ at Rowan University in NJ.
Wesley Sanders is a senior at Vernon Township High School. He is the principal tubist of his school’s Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Brass Choir. Additionally, Wesley plays bass trombone in his high school’s Jazz Band and Pit Orchestra. He has been Drum Major of the Viking Marching Band for two years. He is a four-year member of the Sussex County Youth Orchestra. Wesley has successfully auditioned and has served as principal tubist of multiple honors ensembles throughout his high school tenure, including the Sussex County Honors Band, North Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, North Jersey Region I Wind Ensemble, New Jersey All-State Orchestra, and the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2022 New Jersey All State Governor’s Award for Band. Wesley currently studies privately with Barbara Garrison and John Palatucci, and plans to pursue music in college with a minor in tuba performance. Wesley is appreciative of the opportunity to be a youth soloist with the New Jersey Wind Symphony, and is delighted for the Tuba to be featured at this concert.
Kyiv – 2022
La Mezquita de Cordova
Bride Of The Waves
Finale from Symphony 6
Madonna Of The Western Trail
Stars and Stripes Forever
Johann de Meij
John Philip Sousa
Program Subject To Change.
All New Jersey Wind Symphony Subscription Concerts are held at the West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ. West Side Presbyterian Church is fully ADA compliant providing handicap accessible entry to the concert venue as well as bathroom facilities. Important signage and directions are presented in braille.