All-District Band festival set for Feb. 12-13

UPDATE: The WCU Wind Ensemble concert scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12, and the festival concert scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, have been canceled.  Additional weather-related announcements and schedule changes are posted online at the Weather-Related Announcements Web site.

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Western Carolina University’s School of Music will host the 2010 Western Regional All-District Band festival on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13.

More than 350 middle and high school students from throughout Western North Carolina have been selected to participate in the festival. “For band students, being chosen to participate in the All-District Band is one of the highest recognitions you can receive,” said John T. West, director of bands for WCU.

The All-District Band is made up of four bands – middle school concert and symphonic bands, a senior high band for grades 11 and 12, and a high school band for grades 9 and 10. Students were selected for participation through a rigorous audition process and will spend two days rehearsing with guest clinicians at WCU. The festival will conclude with a performance by the students beginning at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13 in WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Last year’s festival and student concert were “a rousing success with all four of the bands receiving standing ovations from the packed house,” West said. “The students involved were enthusiastic and inspired by the experience. It really is an unforgettable experience for those involved.”

Guest clinicians for the festival are band music composers Ed Huckeby and Sean O’Loughlin; Scott Rush, band director at South Carolina’s Wando High School; and Carolyn Smith, band director at Rosman High School.

While they are on campus, students will get to hear performances by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and WCU Wind Ensemble. The program for the Wind Ensemble concert at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 will include “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland, “Symphony No. 2” by John Barnes Chance, “Hold This Boy and Listen” by Carter Pann, and “The Gliding Girl Tango” and “Peaches and Cream Fox-Trot” by John Philip Sousa. That performance is open to the public in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

For more information, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242 or e-mail West at jtwest@email.wcu.edu.