Director David Isadore explains why Winter Texans and Valley residents already are eager to see the season opener of the McAllen Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
“The theme of ‘Music of America’s Past’ will be the name for the next concert of the McAllen Symphonic Band, which was incorporated in 1974,” Isadore said. The concert will include songs from World War II like “Thanks for the Memories,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.”
“This theme stirs up band ticket sales,” he contended. “A lot of Winter Texans have various experiences, have traveled a lot and been exposed to many events. They like to take in as many cultural experiences as possible.
“Opening our season on America’s past combines patriotic music and the country’s past. The concert is Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, and something of a patriotic theme holds the music together. The music is based on traditional tunes from old New England.
“One of the marches, ‘Armed Forces Salute,’ includes the songs of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Veterans of each branch are invited to stand when their branch’s song is played. We try to create a theme for the veterans and encompass everyone.
“You ask, what are we looking for in this year’s concert? Basically we try to use past tunes that worked, the songs of many eras. We try to be audience-friendly. “The band is growing. We’ve had an increase in personnel. The high school music directors have football now, and are not with us, but will be with us for the Christmas concert,” he added.
Isadore will be inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Band Directors Hall of Fame in March. His wife is retired and is a violinist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
His daughter, Gina Randolph, who plays the flute, now is staying home with four children. Her husband is John Randolph, a band director in Los Fresnos. Isadore’s son, Michael Isadore, is an orchestra director in Sugarland.
Isadore is trying to set up an environment like the “concerts in the park” that people used to go to in the past. People are so busy now that they don’t go picnic in the parks as they used to, he said.
Tickets for the first concert this year already are being sold at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the offices of several mobile home parks. The tickets cost $5 each, except at E-Z-TIXX, where there is a service charge of $2 per ticket.
Because there are only 1,776 seats in the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium, all who love the McAllen Symphonic Band should try to buy tickets as soon as possible, because there is no standing room.