Concert Band enthralls audience

Published: November 20, 2015

AQUINAS PHOTO/ROB CLEARY THE UNIVERSITY’S Concert Band performed Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The performance featured students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests from the Scranton Brass Orchestra.

AQUINAS PHOTO / ROB CLEARY / THE UNIVERSITY’S Concert Band performed Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The performance featured students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests from the Scranton Brass Orchestra.

 

NINA ABATE
Staff Writer

A diverse selection of music pieces were performed by The University Concert Band on Saturday, Nov. 14, featuring non-music major student performers.

With free admission, everyone was welcomed to attend the performance at The Houlihan McLean Center.

The concert began with The University’s alma mater, followed by “America the Beautiful,” and the French national anthem, which was played by student trombonists Sean Batzel and Jack Vander Laan. The performance was a tribute to the victims of the acts of terrorism in Paris over this past weekend.

In total, the Concert Band performed eleven songs including “Tribal dance,” “Funiculi, Funicula” and the finale “American Barndance.”

Since early September, every Tuesday from 5:30-7:15, the students have been working hard for this first performance of the semester.

Cheryl Boga, the conductor and director of Performance Music at The University, said, “With about 80 members, all who major in various fields, it’s very special that they all dedicate time to create the common thing they love—music.”

Preceding each piece, Boga explained the history behind each song for the audience.

She was highly interactive and provided laughs as the band members, especially the percussionists, set up in between.

The Concert Band was also aided by faculty, staff, alumni and guests from the Scranton Brass Orchestra. All are musicians who, according to Boga, “can really kick butt.”

Many were multi-instrumentalists and helped out by covering needed parts. Each of them received a loud round of applause. All of the students, and the proud, smiling parents, also received loud applause.

Upcoming Performance Music events include “Generations Sing XIV,” featuring The University Concert Choir and guest choirs on Nov. 22 and the “48th Annual Noel Night,” on Saturday, Dec. 5.

All students, faculty and local members of the Scranton community are encouraged to attend and cheer on The University’s student musicians.

Contact the writer: nina.abate@scranton.edu

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