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U.S. Air Force Band, student honors band to perform April 28

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. ‒ The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C., will perform at St. Cloud State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Ritsche Auditorium.

Admission is free, but tickets (maximum of 4 per party) must be obtained at the Atwood Memorial Center Ticket Services or the St. Cloud Times newspaper office.  Tickets and seating are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band, the premier band of the U.S. Air Force, is a 52-member symphonic wind ensemble that performs a broad musical repertoire including light classics, popular favorites and original works.

The Singing Sergeants is the official 23-voice chorus of the U.S. Air Force.  They also perform a broad repertoire, including opera, oratorio, folk songs, pop standards, and musical theatre and jazz, all with an emphasis on the choral music of America.

The event includes a special pre-concert performance by the university’s high school honor band, the Windfest Symphony, which has 55 participants from 20 schools in Central Minnesota, the Twin Cities and Wisconsin.  St. Cloud State faculty members and area band directors provide master classes for the honor students, and St. Cloud State music students mentor them in side-by-side rehearsals and performances.  This will be the second public performance of the young group.

St. Cloud State’s Windfest Symphony will be guest-conducted by Colonel Dennis M. Layendecker, for seven years commander and music director of the U.S. Air Force Band, "America’s international musical ambassadors."

Visit www.windfestsymphony.org for more details on the high school honor band.  Visit www.usafband.af.mil for additional information on the U.S. Air Force Band. 




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