WCU hosting All-District Band for rehearsals, performances
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s School of Music and director of bands, John West, will host the western regional All-District Band for a series of rehearsals and performances on campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.
The clinic involves more than 350 middle and high school band musicians from throughout Western North Carolina. Students are selected for participation through a rigorous audition process and spend two days rehearsing with guest clinicians. They present a concert Saturday afternoon to end the event.
Clinicians for this year’s All-District Band and the student ensembles they will work with are Sam Hazo, an award-winning composer and internationally known clinician (senior high band, eleventh and twelfth grades); Scott Rush, director of the highly acclaimed Wando High School band program in South Carolina (high school band, ninth and tenth grades); Phillip Riggs, music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham (middle school symphonic band); and Barbara Poole, band director at East Flat Rock Middle School (middle school concert band).
Also as part of the clinic, students will have an opportunity to hear performances by the WCU Wind Ensemble and the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. The Wind Ensemble’s performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center is open and free to the public. The program will include “George Washington Bridge” by William Schuman, “Colonial Song” by Percy Grainger, “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli, “Overture on Themes from Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin and “Fandango” by Joseph Turrin. “Fandango” will feature WCU music faculty members Dan and Amy Cherry on trombone and trumpet.
For more information about the clinic, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.