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October 31, 2008

ULM Wind Ensemble to perform concert Nov. 12

The ULM Wind Ensemble will present a concert Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium. Dr. Derle R. Long, director of bands, is conductor of the Wind Ensemble. There is no admission charge for this performance.

Long said, “The program selected for this performance should have something in it for every fan of band music.”

The ensemble will begin with “Windsprints,” a fast and furious piece composed by Richard Saucedo. The program will include a transcription of Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” “Gandalf” from Johan de Meij’s “Lord of the Rings,” and the “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen.

The focus of the program centers on three American composers of the middle 20th century: James Clifton Williams, W. Francis McBeth and John Barnes Chance. They are credited with creating a music movement in the United States aimed toward composing original pieces specifically designed for wind bands. Until that point in music history, a large part of the literature that wind bands performed consisted of orchestral transcriptions, marches, and a few original pieces by various composers. The Wind Ensemble will perform Willliams’ “Caccia and Chorale,” McBeth’s short symphony “Divergents,” and Chance’s “Elegy.”

Two marches are included in the program repertoire: Johan Halvorsen’s “Entry March of the Boyars” and W. Paris Chambers’ “The Boys of the Old Brigade March.” Dr. Michael Spears will be guest conductor for this program.

For more information, contact the ULM Band Office at 318-342-1594.

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