Release Date: January 30, 2009
KSU Concert Band and KSU Wind Ensemble share concert
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KENNESAW, Ga. —The Kennesaw State University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform in a shared concert on February 16 at 8 p.m. in the performance hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The performance includes two special guest conductors: sophomore Staci Hatmaker and senior Brandon McDaniel, both members of the Concert Band. John Culvahouse, director of the Concert Band, is excited about the leadership of his students. “These types of experiences prepare our musicians for teaching in public and private schools by providing them with the best experiences possible, as in the case of the student conductors,” he said.
The KSU Concert Band is open to all KSU students, even if they are not music majors. No auditions are required. Selections by the Concert Band for the evening include the “Chester Overture” by William Schuman, conducted by Hatmaker, and an arrangement of “Nimrod” by Edward Elgar, conducted by McDaniel. McDaniel is excited about the opportunity he has to conduct. “From the notes to the rehearsing to the performance, I have enjoyed every aspect,” he says. “This is a perfect stepping stone into my student teaching.”
The KSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Paul Davis, prepares and trains music students for professional careers in performance. “This is a premier musical group on campus for that reason,” says Davis. “Since this is our first concert of the spring semester, it is an opportunity for the students, , and community to experience the exciting musical culture of the College of the Arts while supporting the performers at the same time.”
The Wind Ensemble will feature a variety of standard and entertaining works of wind band literature, including “Fanfare Mother Earth” by David Maslanka; Symphony No. 6 by Vincent Persichetti; Capriccio by Warren Barker, creator of the themes from television shows “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie;” and “Danza de la Duendos” (“dance of the ghosts”) by Nancy Galbraith.
The KSU Saxophone Quartet (students Brandon Bell, Kerry Brunson, Max Watson, and Noah Vece) are featured guest artists of the evening.
Admission is $5. Tickets will also be available at the door, but reservations are recommended. For more information, call 770-423-6650 or visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts/boxoffice.
The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform together again on March 18, 2009.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.