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A Program celebrating the human spirit, featuring the U.S. première of the the film “1805 – A Town’s Tale” with the score by Otto M Schwarz performed by the Salem Concert Band, the Theme from “Schindler’s List” with Caius Oprea, violin solo, “La Mezquita De Córdoba (The Mosque at Córdoba)” by Julie Giroux, “The Story of Anne Frank” by Otto M Schwarz, and “Finest Hour!” by Stephen Melillo.


Caius Oprea

Violin Soloist

The Salem Concert Band is thrilled to have Caius Oprea join us for this program as our featured violin soloist. Caius Oprea was born in Romania. At 15, after winning an international competition in Italy, he defected to the US. He studied at Juilliard and  Portland State University. He was concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonie as well as the Hanover State Opera in Germany. He has toured Africa, Europe, Asia and North America with various orchestras and has collaborated with the likes of  Perlman, Domingo, Menuhin,  Zukerman, and Bell to name but a few. Currently he is concertmaster of the Festival Chorale Orchestra and enjoys performing chamber music and teaching. In his free time he enjoys sports cars and is passionate about skiing.


This project made possible, in part, by funding from the Marion County Cultural Corporation.

Our Conductors: John Skelton

John SkeltonJohn Skelton conducts and is a charter member of the Salem Concert Band. John earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon, and was a music director in the Dallas School District from 1974 until his retirement in 2005. He has earned a reputation for creative programming which features quality new literature from international sources. His groups have been responsible for commissions of new concert band works from composers that include Frigyes Hidas, Norman Dello Joio, Melvin Shelton, Jon Sutton, and Leonard Duarte. He has been an active advocate of copyright laws and the composers and publishers they protect.


His high school bands earned several state championships and represented Oregon in Washington DC, at the National Concert Band Festival in Chicago, at the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria and on performance tours in Canada, Europe, and Japan. He is a staff member with the Oregon Ambassadors of Music, which have taken thousands of Oregon students on performance tours of Europe.

He recently retired from the Oregon Army National Guard after more than thirty-seven years of service. He had served as First Sergeant, euphonium soloist, leader of the brass quintet, drum major and conductor of the 234th Army Band in Portland, Oregon. John has served in a variety of advisory and leadership positions in the Oregon arts community. He was manager of the OMEA/OSAA State Solo Contest for four years, and served as President of the Oregon Music Educators Association. He lives in West Salem with his wife, Toni.

Our Conductors: Keith Weathers

Keith WeathersThe Salem Concert Band is honored to have Keith Weathers as our conductor for our annual Sousa Concerts.


Keith joined the band as a trumpet player the year after the band was formed. Since then he has participated in the band as conductor, adviser and assisting in the percussion section. Keith Weathers has arranged several pieces for the Salem Concert Band. The idea of the “In the Steps of Sousa” concerts was originally proposed by Keith and has become an annual tradition for our March concert.

Keith Weathers attended schools in Salem, graduating from North High School in 1961. He received degrees in music composition from Wheaton College and the University of Southern California before joining the music faculty at Biola College, La Mirada, California. During the Vietnam war, he was a member of the 72nd U.S. Army Band. In 1974 he returned to Salem to become a partner in Weathers Music Corporation. Keith lives in Salem with his wife Judith.

Office address:

Salem Concert Band

870 Beaver Loop NW

Salem, OR 97304

Phone: (503) 362-0485