‘An aligning of the stars’: Coast Guard oboist to feature at Marion concert

Oct 7, 2022

MARION – The Tri-County Symphonic band’s upcoming performance on Oct. 16 will have a special guest.

Oboe soloist and Musician First Class Briana Tarby of the United States Coast Guard Band will be present to perform a unique oboe concerto at the concert.

“This is special because these premier bands have some of the best players in the United States,” said Phil Sanborn, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Tri-County Symphonic Band. “It's a rare occurrence that we actually have one of these performers come to Marion.”

Tarby has been playing the oboe since she was ten years old. Growing up in a musical family in central New Jersey, she chose the oboe because of its “specific sound” and the fact that “not that many people [she] knew played it.”

She went on to attend music school, and ten years ago, Tarby won her position in the Coast Guard’s band.

“The band is full of incredible musicians from all over the country,” she said. “It’s a joy for us to be able to play together all the time.”

When Sanborn sent out an inquiry to the Coast Guard’s band, Tarby was quick to respond with her interest. She had been practicing a concerto titled “Legacy” by Spanish oboist Oscar Navarro, and she said she was excited to have the chance to be able to perform it another time.

Tarby says the piece is important to her, because in it, Navarro tells the history of both oboe music and Spanish music.

“I love the combination of this because you can hear the change in the music as it goes through different time periods. There are influences from music several hundred years ago all the way to Flamenco and present day Spanish classical music,” she said. “I really enjoy being able to try to transport through that.”

Tarby added that she believes the piece is just “really fun to listen to” and that it has “something for everyone.”

Sanborn called the upcoming concert an “aligning of the stars,” saying it worked perfectly that Tarby had this piece ready when he put out the call for guest musicians.

The upcoming concert will also present the world premiere of “The Centurions” by Rochester composer John Wallace.

In addition, the band will perform Darius Milhaud’s “Suite Française”, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance, “Peace of Nations March” by Paul Lincke, “ValdresMarsjen” by Johannes Hanssen and “Armed Forces Salute” by Robert Lowden.

The show is on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony Music Shop in North Dartmouth and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Visit https://tricountysymphonicband.org for more detailed information.