Every year the Desert Thistle Pipe Band adds a new dimension to its concert appeal.
This year it'll be adding the smooth sounds of the Columbia Basin College Concert Band directed by Randy Hubbs, a CBC music teacher.
The combination of a bagpipe band playing with a concert band will add some intrigue to the performance.
"This type of presentation is more common in Europe. It's a rare spectacle in the U.S.," Hubbs said. "The Highland pipes and Celtic music are a big part of the musical heritage in Western Europe. It's not part of our musical/cultural history in the U.S."
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The CBC Concert Band will perform English Folk Song Suite as it was originally presented by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1923, Hubbs said.
"Most people are not aware that the composer wrote this as a four-movement suite rather than the famous three-movement work published in 1924," he said. "The second movement, called Sea Songs, was taken out and published as a separate march."
Hubbs got creative and added another movement to the piece.
"We actually found the band arrangements for this presentation from a pipe band member in British Columbia," he said. "There are no sheet music services that I know of where one can even purchase these arrangements."
The concert band also will play eight short selections that were written specifically for a collaboration between a concert and pipe band.
The concert will be March 5 in the auditorium at Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St., Richland.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and for kids 12 and younger.
Tickets are available at the door.