It’s music just for the fun of it when the University Bands take the stage Monday night, April 21, at the Koger Center. The concert will feature 16 compositions played by 180 musicians who play music simply as a hobby.
“The University Bands at USC are filled primarily with students majoring in something other than music,” said conductor Jayme Taylor.
Taylor said that during the spring semester, the University Bands program stages two bands that rehearse on separate days. One band will perform a mix of modern works, mostly written since 2005, during the first half of the concert. The second half of the concert will feature the other band performing “a more varied repertoire,” including works by Vincent Persichetti and a march by Kenneth Alford, he said.
The second half of the show will also include the world premiere of a piece by USC Professor Emeritus Samuel O. Douglas titled “Bull Street.” The piece was written for the Congaree New Horizons Band, part of a national network of bands, which provide opportunities for adults to learn to play a musical instrument, or to relearn an instrument they played in school but have not practiced since.
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The University Band will be joined by members of the Congaree New Horizons Band to debut “Bull Street.”
“This portion of the concert represents a wonderful collaboration between the students of the University and our community members,” Taylor said.
The concert also will be a farewell performance for Carolina Band director Rebecca Phillips, who will lead the USC Symphonic Winds during the concert.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State