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Symphonic Band to Perform at 2017 CBDNA Convention

March 6, 2017

CONTACT:    Don Lefevre, 806-651-2855, dlafevre@wtamu.edu

Symphonic Band to Perform at 2017 CBDNA Convention


CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band will travel to Kansas City, Mo., in March as part of its spring tour to perform at the 2017 National College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Convention. The band will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The WTAMU Symphonic Band is one of nine ensembles chosen nationwide to perform at the convention. Selection was through a blind peer-reviewed audition process. In addition to the convention performance, the band will present its kick-off concert at noon March 10 in WTAMU’s Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall and in the north Dallas area March 13. The WT home concert will be viewable via webcast at http://live.wtamu.edu

The Symphonic Band program will feature three new works. The Butterfly Chaser by B.J. Brooks, Liminal by John Mackey and Of War and Peace by Michael Daugherty. In addition, WTAMU Professor Emeritus Dr. Gary GarnSymphonic Bander will conduct Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, and Doug Storey, WTAMU clarinet professor, will join one of his former students, John Tegmeyer, to perform Freebirds by Scott McAllister.

Grammy-awarding winning composer Michael Daugherty writes: “Of War and Peace (2017) is my sonic response to the never ending tragedy of war and the hope for peace. The end of the work is “hopeful” (or is it naïve?) musical epilogue, which proposes a time when we can “imagine all the people living in peace…and the world will be as one.”

The WTAMU Symphonic Band is comprised of the most select wind and percussion performers on campus. During the last five decades, the band has been under the direction of only two conductors—Dr. Gary Garner and Don Lefevre. Under their direction, the Symphonic Band has established a national reputation through past performances at the College Band Directors National Association, Carnegie Hall and 14 performances at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

Graduates of the WTAMU Symphonic Band are among the most influential leaders in teaching positions at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. Former members of the ensemble can be found holding positions in orchestras around the world, as well as the leading military bands of the armed forces.

Alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the Symphonic Band concerts in Kansas City, Mo., north Dallas and WTAMU.



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