The Saint Joseph’s College Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present the annual Spring Band Concert on Sunday, April 6 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 donation to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Rensselaer.
This year’s concert will feature the rousing theme music from such blockbuster films as “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy, as well as the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961). The Australian-born composer, arranger, and pianist was known for his experimental and nontraditional works. He gained considerable recognition with his piano solo “Country Gardens.”
“The Wind Ensemble has been challenged with the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger, one of the most prolific composers for wind ensemble literature,” said SJC Band Director and Associate Professor of Music Robb Thiel. “It has been an enjoyable experience watching them grow as they rehearse some very challenging music.”
Other highlights of the concert include senior Music majors Gayle Arend and Adam Bloesch as guest conductors and senior Music major Chris Davies joining SJC alumni Alex Warren ’09 and Tony Rossi ’11 as featured guest artists.
Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.
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