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ACU Wind Ensemble to perform at regional conference

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March 27, 2006

The Abilene Christian University Wind Ensemble will be performing at the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference at Baylor University in Waco on April 1 at 10 a.m.

The ensemble will kick off its annual spring tour with a performance at the Abilene Civic Center on Monday at 8 p.m. The CBDNA performance will be the culmination of the tour, which includes performances in Temple, Harker Heights, Gatesville, Copperas Cove and Robinson. 

Monday's performance will include the world premiere of a new piece by Maryland composer Joel Puckett, who is on the faculty at Towson University and on the graduate faculty as Shenandoah University. Blink! was inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s book of the same title. Puckett will be present at the concert and will travel with the ensemble for the duration of the tour.

The concert program includes:

  • Fanfare Canzonique by Brian Balmages
  • Toccata Marziale by Ralph Vaughn Williams
  • Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli
  • Concert Suite for Alto Saxophone and Band by William Bolcom featuring Timothy McAllister
  • Est ist ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorious
  • Est ist ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
  • Blink by Joel Puckett
  • Profanation from Jeremiah, Symphony No. 1 by Leonard Bernstein

McAllister is one of America’s leading saxophone performers and pedagogues and is a member of the renowned PRISM Saxophone Quartet and is associate professor of saxophone at The State University of New York at Potsdam.

"We are delighted to welcome Joel Puckett and Tim McAllister to Abilene and are excited by the opportunity to collaborate musically with such distinguished artists," said Dr. Eric Wilson, director of bands and associate professor of conducting and saxophone at ACU.  "I particularly encourage all secondary and university students to profit from these great musicians as they offer their knowledge, expertise and artistry to the community."

Other performing ensembles at the CBDNA conference include Missouri State University Wind Ensemble, University of Missouri Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Baylor Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble, University of Texas Symphony Band and University of Houston Moores School of Music Symphonic Winds.

The ACU Wind Ensemble is comprised of outstanding undergraduate wind and percussion players on the ACU campus.  Including almost equal numbers of music and non-music majors, the ensemble maintains an active performance schedule presenting concerts in high schools, churches and other concert venues both locally and throughout the state.  The last four annual tours have included more than 30 concerts and prior tours have seen performances at the Wortham Center in Houston and the Meyerson Center in Dallas.

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