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Arts & Entertainment WCU School of Music to host All-District Band

Western Carolina University’s School of Music and Director of Bands John West will host the 2011 western regional All-District Band on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12.

More than 350 middle and high school band musicians from throughout Western North Carolina were selected for the All-District Band through a rigorous audition process, West said. The students will spend two days rehearsing at WCU with guest clinicians, and will then present a concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Also as part of the clinic, students will have the opportunity to hear performances from the WCU Wind Ensemble and the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet.

The Wind Ensemble performance, set for 8 p.m. Feb. 11, is free and open to the public. The concert will feature “Aegean Festival Overture” by Andreas Makris, “Fire of Eternal Glory” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “The Year of the Dragon” by Philip Sparke, “Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, and “Concerto for Bassoon” by Gordon Jacob, and featuring WCU faculty member Will Peebles as soloist.

Guest clinicians for this year are Rebecca Phillips, associate director of bands at the University of South Carolina; David Romines, wind ensemble conductor at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.; Arris Golden of Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland; and Carolyn Smith, band director at Rosman High School in Rosman.

For more information, call the School of Music at (828)227-7242.


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