Shepherd University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band in Concert

The highly acclaimed Shepherd University Wind Ensemble and the Shepherd University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel, will perform a concert featuring a wide variety of wind band music on Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center Theater. Free with admission is a pre-concert lecture describing the works beginning at 7:30 p.m. A great way to derive even more enjoyment from the performance, the audience is invited to spend time with conductor, Dr. Hippensteel, and the musicians learning about and hearing excerpts from the music to follow.

Selections from Symphonic Band will include Military Escort, a regimental march by Henry Fillmore; Mandalen Landscapes, an overture by Philipe Sparke, depicting the snow-covered mountains and scenic fjords of coastal Norway; Tundra, a new transcription of a work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo; Salvation is Created, a setting of a hymn from the Russian Orthodox Church by Pavel Tschesnokoff; Nitro, an energetic fanfare by Frank Ticheli, and a three-movement, descriptive work by Francis McBeth inspired by the epic poem, Beowulf: An Heroic Trilogy.

The second half of the program will feature the Wind Ensemble performing Mother Earth Fanfare by David Maslanka; First Suite in E-flat for Military Band by Gustav Holst; Colours, a new work by Roger Cichy depicting the color symbolism of six different hues using a creative variety of timbres, styles and moods; Fairest of the Fair by John Philip Sousa; Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger; Hold This Boy And Listen, a ballad infused with jazz harmonies by Carter Pann; An American in Paris by George Gershwin, and the first movement of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka featuring Jeremy Koch, saxophone instructor at Shepherd University.

Based in the Washington D. C. area, Jeremy Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher. He has been a member of the USAF Band since 1998 where he has been a featured concert soloist on national tours as well as performed with diverse artists such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool and the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, he performs with The United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet, Reed5, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate and Great Noise Ensemble. Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In addition, he has presented saxophone clinics at numerous universities including The Universities of North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana and North Dakota State University. A proponent of new music, he has premiered solo and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Saxophone Symposium and the American Composers Forum. He can be heard with AUR on America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume III performing John Howell Morrison's Light Possessing Darkness. He formed a new music duo, Six Impossible Things, commissioning and encouraging young composers by introducing these works to the general public. Koch holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he was a two-time concerto competition winner. He received a Master of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, and Estilo Chicago. His teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jonathan Helton, Michael Chesher, and Jean-Marie Londeix at Le Domaine Forget.

The Shepherd University Wind Ensemble, comprised of music majors and a few select non-majors, is the premier wind group of Shepherd University and each year the audition becomes more competitive. This ensemble has been invited to perform around the world. In 2001, the group accepted an invitation form the Lord Mayor of Dublin to tour Ireland and performed throughout the country, including stops in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Tramore, and Dublin. In 2004, their outstanding recording of Barnes Symphony #3 garnered them an invitation to be a part of the 2005 season in Carnegie Hall. The well-attended concert received a standing ovation and was well received by the New York audience. In May 2009, the SU Wind Ensemble performed on a 10-day concert tour of Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague, and in May of 2011, the ensemble toured Spain. They will be touring France and Monaco this coming May.

Admission and seating for this concert is on a first come-first serve basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $10, $5 for faculty/staff, Shepherd alumni, senior citizens and students 18 and under, and free to Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555.