On Monday March 10 at 7:00 pm, at "The Phil"
in Shiprock, the Four Corners Community Band will join the Newcomb school
band for a joint concert.
The Performing Arts Center, known
as “The Phil,” is a state of the art auditorium, named for Phil L. Thomas,
an esteemed music teacher for 37 years in the Central Consolidated School
District, who hoped to see the Center showcase local public school
performances and professional out-of-community performing groups.
With the Shiprock and Newcomb school bands and our
Four Corners Community Band composed of musicians of all ages, we
demonstrate what is possible when communities offer music instruction to
students who then may carry it on, as has Phil Thomas, into a lifetime of
The bands from Newcomb, New
Mexico are under the direction of Mark Allen
Mark Allen is the
music director for Newcomb Middle School and Newcomb High School, in
Newcomb, N.M. The schools are part of the Central Consolidated School
District. He is in his 30th year of teaching public school band and
chorus in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Allen received
his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University
in 1981. He also earned his Master's of Music Education degree from
Northern Arizona University in 1991. In late 1999, after going to work
on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, N.M., he began forming the Four
Corners Community Band. He led this band for 3 years, as well.
The Four Corners Community
Band is under the direction of Dani Long
Dani Long became director of the Four
Corners Community Band in 2006. While an anthropology major at
Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, she also studied music theory,
classical guitar and cello, and participated in the collegium
musicum, Grinnell's early western music ensemble. She resides in
Montezuma County, Colorado, where she is fire lookout at Mesa Verde
National Park and continues to play the cello with the Silver Echoes
flute ensemble at scheduled area events.