* Purdue University Bands

April 13, 2007

Purdue Bands to end season with 3 concerts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Bands will finish their 2006-07 concert season with three concerts from April 20-22 featuring the jazz bands, concert bands and the Purdue Orchestra and Symphonic Band.

Each of the three free concerts will offer special attractions from alumni bands to guest conductors to a performance by the Sousa Honor Band made up of middle school musicians from central Indiana.

Following tradition, the Purdue Bands showcase will begin with its annual Jazz on the Hill concert at Slayter Center of Performing Arts from 5-8 p.m. April 20.

"We look forward to pulling all our jazz bands together to put on the first outdoor concert of the spring," said Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director. "It's a great way to kick off the 50th anniversary Grand Prix weekend with music and picnics on the grass."

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Elliott Hall of Music.

Tunes on tap for the concert include "Brass Machine," "Groovin' Hard," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "Begin the Beguine," a Stan Kenton hits medley.

On April 21-22, the concerts will move to the Elliott Hall of Music stage. David Gillingham, professor of music at Central Michigan University, will be featured as the guest conductor and composer. Throughout the day on April 21, all of Purdue's concert bands will meet with Gillingham to polish several of his original works that will be performed during the concerts.

"Each spring, Greater Lafayette music lovers have the chance to hear a variety of pieces by a recognized American composer and our students get the rare opportunity of working one-on-one with the person that wrote the music," Matter said.

At 8 p.m. April 21 concert, Gillingham's works "At Morning's First Light," "Under the Magical Wing" and "Light of My Soul" will be performed by the Varsity, Collegiate and Concert bands, respectively.

Some of the other featured works will include David Holsinger's "Havendance," John Williams' theme from "Schindler's List," Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F" and Brant Karrick's "Mambo Furioso."

The Purdue Symphonic Band and Purdue Orchestra will perform at 2:30 p.m. April 22. There also will be short musical sets by the Sousa Honor Band and the Purdue Alumni Band.

Gillingham will conduct "Bells of Freedom" with the Sousa Band and "Aerodynamics" with the Symphonic Band.

Also that afternoon, the orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Capriccio Espaniol" and "Jupiter" from "The Planets" by Holst. Other works on the program include Nathan Daughtrey's "Limerick Daydreams," Clare Grundman's "Fantasy on American Sailing Ships," John Philip Sousa's "The White Rose" and themes from "Pirates of the Caribbean."

The final event of the season, a recital of chamber music, will take place at 7 p.m. April 26 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

Source: Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director, (765) 496-6785,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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