The Saint Joseph's College Band will present its annual Spring Band Concert on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm CDT in the Halleck Student Center Ballroom. It is requested that those who attend bring a non-perishable food item for a food drive, although it is not required.
This year's show will be a pops concert, featuring recognizable music from the last few decades. The Symphonic Band will feature four Advanced Conducting students who were responsible for selecting their own music and preparing it for the concert. The featured music will include a movie theme medley, pirate theme, 1970s and 80s pop culture themes, and video game themes.
The Wind Ensemble will perform "Ghost Train," a 20-minute piece from composer Eric Whitacre. The piece is broken up into three movements. The first movement welcomes the steam engines with unique use of a bass bow to create a haunting metallic sound reminiscent of an engine on the tracks. In the second movement, the train arrives at the station as the music transitions into relaxed jazz. The third movement features a supernatural element as the train roars into the night.
"'Ghost Train' is a very challenging piece," said Associate Professor of Music and Band Director Robb Thiel. "A lot of work went into this concert, and I'm very excited to see four of our students take over for me and conduct."
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