Greetings and welcome to the 61st concert season of the Tri-County Symphonic Band. From a grand opening of international favorites to an extravaganza of “dance” music under the tent, this season represents the very best symphonic band music ever written.

Sunday, October 16, 2022, 3:00 PM: Our opening concert, “United Nations Day” is a panoply of music from different member nations. France, South Korea, Spain, Germany, Norway and, of course, the United States of America will be visited as we explore the different musical flavors. Our soloist, oboist Musician First Class Briana Tarby, will perform “Legacy” by Spanish composer Óscar Navarro. A world premier of a work by American composer John Wallace will take place as well as the band plays his “Centurions”; a piece that harkens back to the early Roman days. Works by Darius Milhaud, John Barnes Chance, Paul Lincke and Johannes Hanssen round out the program.

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:30 PM: The Annual Children’s Christmas Concert will take place at the Sippican School in Marion as we are very much looking forward to continuing the long-established tradition. This concert celebrates the holiday season and is free admission for all, our gift to the community.

Sunday, February 5, 2023, 3:00 PM: The February concert this season is a combined program with the Our Lady of Light Band. Both bands will play from their repertoire separately and then combine at the end to form a group of 80+ musicians! The Tri-County Symphonic Band is proud to collaborate one of the finest bands from Southeastern Massachusetts as we collectively work to strengthen the musical community with this harmonious offering.

Sunday, March 19, 2023, 3:00 PM: A tribute to the legendary British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will be the focus of our March program. We will be joined by soloist, clarinetist Chief Musician Charlie Suriyakham. He will be performing “Fantasia da Concerto sopra motivi dell’Opera ‘Rigoletto’ di Verdi.” The concert will highlight Webber’s iconic scores to “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Cats”, “Evita” and “Phantom of the Opera.” This is a collection of memorable music that will evoke many emotions and fill everyone’s ears with marvelously unforgettable melodies.

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 2:00 PM: Once again we will be under the Grand Tent at Tabor Academy for our Annual Pops Concert to benefit the John Pandolfi Music Scholarship Fund. This year’s concert will be all about dance music. The band will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”, Alberto Ginastera’s “Danza Final” and John Williams’ “Dance of the Witches” as well as other selections to get your feet moving.

The 2022-2023 concert season, our sixty-first, is testament to our commitment to bring quality live music to our community. We are excited that you will be part of our tradition. Help us to share the “Tri-County experience” that has thrilled audiences for over 60 years.


Philip E. Sanborn

Music Director

Philip Sanborn

Philip Sanborn is in his seventeenth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Tri-County Symphonic Band. Mr. Sanborn resides in Marion, MA with his wife Karen (baritone saxophonist in the Tri-County Symphonic Band). He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he studied with Abe Torchinsky.

As a trombonist and euphonium player, Mr. Sanborn has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Ocean State Lyric Opera Orchestra, Rhode Island Civic Chorale Orchestra, The Bass-Wingate’s Band (British Brass Band), Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Tri-County Symphonic Band, Marion Concert Band, Our Lady of Light Band, and the American Band of Providence, R.I. As a jazz trombonist, Mr. Sanborn has performed both locally and internationally including the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival. Mr. Sanborn has appeared with Cab Calloway, Julius La Rosa, Bobby Vinson, Duke Bellaire Big Band (Bovi’s, East Providence, RI), John Allmark, Tony Giorgianni’s Jazz Odyssey, White Heat Swing Orchestra, Ken Hadley Big Band, SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra, the Night Life Orchestra, Mahrud, Jorge Ferreira, International Portuguese Music Awards, and many others.

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