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Concert band to play favorites at free event

February  07, 2011

The Augustana Concert Band will present its final concert of the 2010-2011 academic year at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island.

Under the direction of Dr. Frederick Jaeschke, the band will perform four lively pieces that were chosen by the students. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jaeschke, associate professor of music and music education coordinator, explained how the students select the music for the concert. "The members of the band listen and rehearse various pieces, and then vote for their favorites," he said.

This year, the students chose "The Willows of Winter" by B.J. Brooks, "For All the Wyle Eternal" by Ralph Ford, "Silverado" by Bruce Broughton, and "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik. The four pieces are very different from each other. Broughton's "Silverado" was composed as the soundtrack for a western adventure story and is marked by an enjoyable melody and fun syncopated rhythms. "Chorale and Shaker Dance" is one of today's most widely recognized pieces of band literature and is based on the well-known Shaker tune, "Simple Gifts."

Marcus Julian, a sophomore oboist from Itasca, Ill., said "Chorale and Shaker Dance" is his favorite piece in the concert because of the song's catchy, memorable melody. "I enjoy concert band because it gives me exposure to so many different types of music," he said. "I think the audience will really like the different styles and genres."

The Augustana Concert Band includes students from a variety of majors and musical backgrounds. "The the vast majority of students in concert band are not music majors," Dr. Jaeschke said. "For many of the students, playing an instrument has been a big part of their life, and they simply enjoy playing in the band."

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu