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July 05

Cville Band Summer at The Paramount – on a Wednesday!

7:30 pm
The Paramount Theatre

The Charlottesville Band returns to The Paramount for our second performance there (of three) this summer.  And this time, it’s on a Wednesday evening! 

This “Patriots and Princesses” performance will feature music of Disney princesses as well as patriotic tunes. Young audience members can meet the band as part of our Instrument Petting Zoo, beginning at 7pm, as well as receive a free coloring book from cartoonist Mercedes Campos López.

Our soloists for this concert will be Trombonist Robert Mott, who will play the trombone solo in Steven Verhelst’s Hymn for Planet Earth; oboist Dr James Prodan will be the soloist for Gabriel’s Oboe; and vocalist Martha McKechnie will sing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, and “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Robert Mott
James Prodan
Martha McKechnie

Robert Mott is a bass trombonist/trombonist living in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Notable performances include Chris Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra with the Waynesboro Symphony and backing artists including Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and Sammy Davis, Jr. His ensemble credits include Opera on the James, Roanoke Symphony Pops, Shenandoah Symphony, Virginia Consort, Funk45, Green Earrings, and Everyday People among others.  A founding member of Mr. Jefferson’s Bones, Robert helps plan and produce MJB’s annual Tromblow’in workshop at JMU.  Mott is also an active arranger,composer and is published by Cimarron Music Press. Learn more at

Dr. James Prodan served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Delaware. For many years he taught oboe and held a variety of administrative positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro including Associate Dean for Academic Programs. His degrees are from the Catholic University of America and The Ohio State University. He has performed in solo and chamber settings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has performed with orchestras in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Ohio as well as the U. S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, D.C..  Dr. Prodan has pedagogical articles in several music journals and has authored two oboe texts: Oboe Performance Practices in the United States and Canada, and The Third Octave, a Study of the Altissimo Register.

Martha McKechnie is thrilled to be joining the Band again this summer to sing two of her favorite Disney songs. As a mom of three small kids (all under 5 years old), she has had plenty of practice singing Frozen and Moana in the car and around the house. Before her full-time job as mom, Martha graduated from James Madison University with her MAT and taught in the elementary music classroom. She was born and raised in Charlottesville and now lives with her family in Harrisonburg, VA.

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