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Wind Ensemble to feature local high school talent

October 17, 2018
The Town Crier

The Dana School of Music announced a concert by the YSU Concert Band; Brandt Payne, conductor; YSU Wind Ensemble, Stephen L. Gage, conductor; and the 2018 YSU High School Side-By-Side Honors Wind Ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students from other schools, and are free for anyone with a YSU ID.

Twenty area high school band programs are represented by students who will perform alongside the YSU Wind Ensemble during the final portion of the concert.

"This is a fabulous way for high school students to experience all that goes into a college performance," Gage said. "They will sit right beside our Dana School of Music students on the Stambaugh stage during a rehearsal and performance. Our students and faculty will work with them throughout this process to showcase the level of musicianship necessary for one of our performances."

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The YSU Wind Ensemble will be teaming with the 2018 YSU High School Side-By-Side Honors Wind Ensemble on Oct. 18.

The YSU Concert Band will open the performance with a repertoire including Frank Ticheli's Joy Revisited, Leonard Bernstein's Candide Suite, arranged by Clare Grundman and March Grandioso by Roland Seitz, arranged by Alfred Reed.

Following the Concert Band, the YSU Wind Ensemble will open its portion of the program with Antonin Dvorak's Carnival Overture as set by former YSU Professor of Theory and Composition, Dr. Mark Walker. Walker was a faculty member from 1968-1985, and this transcription was first performed by the YSU Wind Ensemble.

Graduate assistant Ryan Dutton will conduct Henry Fillmore's exciting march, Rolling Thunder with Paul Dooley's Mavericks next. This virtuosic work was described by the composer as a "concerto for wind ensemble," reminding the listener of some of the rhythmic grooves of the 1980's funk bands.

The Wind Ensemble will close its portion of the concert with Michael Giacchino's exciting The Incredibles. This 2004 movie soundtrack was deftly arranged by Takashi Hoshide for the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.

After a brief intermission, the 91-member combined YSU Wind Ensemble and High School Side-By-Side Honors Wind Ensemble will open their performance with Frank Ticheli's poignant An American Elegy. This work was written as a commission by Columbine High School on the heels of its 1999 tragedy. The concert will conclude with John Barnes Chance's first composition, Incantation and Dance.

The 20 high schools band programs represented in the honors wind ensemble and their directors follow:

Austintown-Fitch High School, Wesley O'Connor

Bethel Park High School (Pennsylvania), Chad Thompson

Boardman High School, Thomas Ruggeri, Tim Tuite and Michael Shevock

Champion High School, Tyler Husosky

Edgewood High School, Connie Sommers

Grove City Area High School (Pennsylvania), John Habarka

Howland High School, Gregory Rezabek, Sarah Penney, and Shawn Reynolds

Hubbard High School, Daniel Nestich & Andrea Lewis

Kent Theodore Roosevelt High School, John Roebke

Laurel Area High School (Pennsylvania), Brian Croach and Nathan Daubenspeck

Leetonia High School, Randall Rodik

Lowellville High School, Robert Antonucci

Mathews High School, Hailey Baker

Mohawk High School (Pennsylvania), John Zeh

Sharon High School (Pennsylvania), Brad Volek

Shenango High School (Pennsylvania), Douglas Butchey

South Range High School, Jeffrey DeCesare and John Veneskey

Valley Christian High School, Joseph Kane

Warren G. Harding High School, Reid Young and Heather Sirney

Wilmington Area High School (Pennsylvania), Jonathan Nickel

In 2018-19, the Dana School of Music will celebrate 150 years as one of the region's finest cultural institutions. William Henry Dana's visionary "Musical Institute" has produced generations of professional musicians who perform in prestigious orchestras, military and jazz bands, and contemporary ensembles; teach in elite conservatories; and develop future musicians in primary and secondary schools throughout the US.

Free parking is available in lots adjacent to Stambaugh Auditorium. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307. A complete calendar of events is available at



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