All-district band to perform Feb. 8-9
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s School of Music and Director of Bands John West will welcome the 2013 western regional All-District Band to campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.
More than 350 middle and high school band musicians from throughout Western North Carolina were selected to participate in the All-District Band after going through a rigorous audition process, West said.
The students will spend two days at WCU rehearsing with guest clinicians and then present a concert in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Feb. 9. The concert will begin with the Middle School Concert Band at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Middle School Symphonic Band at 4:15 p.m., the High School Band (ninth and tenth grades) at 5 p.m., and the Senior High Band (eleventh and twelfth grades) at 5:45 p.m. The concert is open to the public free of charge.
Also as part of the clinic, students will have an opportunity to hear performances by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and WCU Wind Ensemble on Feb. 8. Both concerts will be held at the Bardo Arts Center are free and open to the public.
The quintet will entertain the students with a 30-minute program beginning at 2:45 p.m. and the Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble’s program will include “Resplendent Glory” by Rossano Galante, “Bohemian Dances” by Guy Woolfenden, “Symphony No. 2 – Finale” by Frank Ticheli, “The Speed of Heat” by Julie Giroux, and the last movement of a new clarinet concerto by James David, “Auto ’66,” which will feature WCU clarinet associate professor Shannon Thompson.
Participating students will represent all three middle schools in Haywood County. For more information, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.