UW-Platteville to host Band Extravaganza Oct. 17

October 6, 2017
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – In an annual tradition that has pleased audiences since 2012, more than 150 University of Wisconsin-Platteville students will perform in the seventh annual Band Extravaganza concert on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

This year, the concert will showcase the musical talents of students in four of the university’s student instrumental ensembles, including Pioneer Jazz Orchestra, Jazz I Ensemble, Symphony Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The concert will provide a unique opportunity for the groups to perform together, as they traditionally perform separately. Students in all groups are from a wide variety of disciplines.

“This eclectic concert is an outstanding opportunity for our accomplished musicians to perform on the same stage at the same concert,” said Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands and professor of music at UW-Platteville. “The concert will give students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to experience music they may not have heard – music that is educationally sound and culturally enriching – and will provide a preview of some of the repertoire the groups will perform in upcoming concerts later in the semester.”

UW-Platteville music faculty and staff members involved in the concert include Ellis; Keith Lienert, music lecturer in percussion; Dr. David Cooper, associate professor of trumpet; and Matthew Gregg, associate director of bands.

Pioneer Jazz Orchestra repertoire will include “Convergence” by Paul Dietrich and “Four” by Miles Davis, arranged by Mike Tomaro.

Jazz Ensemble I repertoire will include “A Little Minor Booze” by Willie Maiden and “The First Circle” by Pat Metheny and Bob Curnow.

Symphony Band repertoire will include the overture from “Music for a Festival” by Gordon Jacob and “St. Louis Blues” by W.C. Handy, arranged by Luther Henderson, adapted by Michael Brown.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble repertoire will include “March of the Renaissance” by John Williams, “Trittico” by Vaclav Nelhybel and “LOL” by Robert Buckley.

Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students and are available at the door or online through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA or visit tickets.uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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