The Charlotte Pride Band in concert under the direction of John Stanley Ross presents “Halloween Music for the Spirits” featuring trumpeter Gabriel Slensiger from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

The event takes place October 30, 4 p.m., at Park Road Church, located at 3900 Park Road. Tickets are available for purchase online here. They’re $20 for an individual and $35 for a family.

Musical selections include works by Rafael Mendez, Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Holst, Erika Svanoe, Samuel Hazo, Clare Grundman, Charles Gounod, and Eric Whitacre. Also included is a special performance by Winthrop University’s Trumpet Studio under the direction of Marisa Youngs.

Ross is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University where he serves on the graduate faculty, conducts the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and Concert Band and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting.

A frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States, he has also conducted in China, Romania, and South Korea. He has commissioned and arranged several works for winds and has conducted over thirty world premieres and his performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today series.

Gabriel has performed with a variety of leading ensembles, including the orchestras of Atlanta, Washington, D.C. (National Symphony), Houston, Richmond, and Utah, plus the Mercury Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed in the summer as principal trumpet with the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival, in Big Sky, Montana.

The Charlotte Pride Band has approximately 60 members drawn from the greater Charlotte’s LGBTQIA community and ally supporters.

For more information, visit their website here.


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