Regional All-District Band to gather on campus

Western Carolina University’s School of Music and Director of Bands John West will host the 2012 western regional All-District Band on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11.

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 at WCU rehearsing with guest clinicians and will then present a concert at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. 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.10. Both concerts at the Bardo Arts Center are free and open to the public.

The SMBQ will entertain the students at 2:45 p.m., and the Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble’s program will include “Gearbox” by James Syler, “Laude” by Howard Hanson, “Vanity Fair” by Percy Fletcher, “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli and the “Trombone Concerto” by Derek Bourgeois, and featuring WCU faculty member Dan Cherry.

Guest clinicians for this year are Scott Tobias, director of bands at the University of Central Florida; David Romines, director of bands at the University of Alabama at Huntsville; Felicia McNaught, band director at Mac Williams Middle School in Fayetteville; and Greg Love, band director at Reynolds Middle School in Asheville.

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