USA Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Winter Concert February 24

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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Dr. Petersen and the USA Wind Ensemble


USA's Department of Music is pleased to announce a Winter Band Concert presented jointly by the Symphony Band and the Wind Ensemble. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. The Symphony Band, under the direction of Michael Phillips, opens the concert with music Malcolm Arnold, John Paynter and Howard Hanson, and the Wind Ensemble follows with music of Percy Fletcher, H. Owen Reed and John Philip Sousa, conducted by William H. Petersen.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

About the Winter Band Concert

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Phillips, the Symphony Band will open with Malcolm Arnold's Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo originally written for British brass bands as the "Little Suite for Brass," which became a brilliant transcription by one of the most historic band directors of the 20th century Jonathan Paynter. Chorale and Alleluia is an original work by 1944 Pulitzer prize winning composer and 40 year director of the Eastman School of Music, Howard Hanson. Originally entitled Nocturne and Dance – Incantation and Dance went on to become John Barnes Chance's first published piece for band. Lastly, performing the work of a composer that continues to enhance the repertoire today, the Symphony Band's finale will be David Maslanka's Mother Earth Fanfare.

The University of South Alabama Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Director of Bands Dr. Will Petersen, will open their Spring 2015 concert series with Percy Fletcher's wonderful comedy overture, Vanity Fair. La Fiesta Mexicana, the monumental symphony for band by H. Owen Reed is the featured work for the Wind Ensemble. Cast in three movements, each movement is programmatic in nature and depicts a festival scene for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Reed experienced much of the folk music that inspired his composition during a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1948 and 1949 in several Mexican Cities. The evening's concert will close with John Philip Sousa's El Capitan, one of Sousa's most famous marches that was part of his larger operetta by the same name.

Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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