New take on "University Hymn"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Glen Tuomaala, Husky Sports Band director

Glen Tuomaala, Husky Sports Band director and arranger of "University March."

Glen Tuomaala, Husky Sports Band director Portion of the  Glen Tuomaala, Husky Sports Band director Husky Sports Band performs at Husky Stadium Husky Sports Band's woodwind section at a performance 

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud State University's most cherished musical tradition has a new twist.

Husky Sports Band is debuting a march arrangement of "University Hymn," the stately melody played at key campus events and heard on the campus carillon.

The band performed the song Feb. 6-7 at women's and men's basketball games in Halenbeck Hall.

The 1:26 arrangement is the work of Glen Tuomaala, Husky Sports band director. Eric Palmer, the band's percussion arranger and instructor, wrote the percussion parts. Palmer, a local printing company executive, is in his third season as a volunteer with the band.

The hymn was written in the 1950s by the late Amy Dale and the late Harvey Waugh, faculty members.

Tuomaala took liberties with the hymn in order to convert it to the march form, including a new key signature and time signature. The march is in the key of B-flat and 2/4 time. Fans of "University Hymn" will note slight changes to the rhythm of the melody line, but not the notes, Tuomaala said.

Husky Sports Band performs at campus and community events, most notably Husky football and basketball games and community parades. Known also by its marketing moniker, "The Pride of SCSU," the band is led at performances by drum major David Kiel, a junior film studies major from Milaca, Minn. The band is open to students, faculty and staff.

    Tuomaala also serves as marketing coordinator for the Department of Music and director of the 121-year-old St. Cloud Municipal Band. He holds bachelor's degrees in horn performance and music education from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 


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