The Central Methodist University Concert Band Goes on Tour
The Concert Band of Central Methodist University will take its 87th annual band tour March 7-12 across eastern Missouri. The band will play 16 concerts in six days at 14 schools and churches.
The 57-member band is directed by Roy "Skip" Vandelicht, assistant professor music and director of bands. All evening concerts are open to the public at no charge. For day concerts in schools during school hours, please contact the school for permission to attend.
Performing solos or ensembles with the band this tour are students Rebecca Shroyer on clarinet (junior music education major from Boonville) in Cavalini's "Adagio and Tarantella"; Lakyn Baker on trumpet (junior music education major from Fayette) in Clarke's "Carnival of Venice"; Donald Heaton on clarinet (senior music education major from Chillicothe) in Weber's "Fantasia and Rondo";
Mary Rose Lehman (junior music education major from Robertsville) and Chelsea Wallace (junior biology major from Rogersville), both on flute, in Doppler's "Duettino"; and Baker, Ann Marie Pelley (sophomore music education major from St. Peters), and Joslyn West (senior music education major from Macon), all on trumpet, in "Three Trumpeters" by Agostini (arr. Bainum).
Several other pieces in the band's repertoire have CMU connections. Huffine's "Basses on a Rampage" and Klohr's "The Billboard" were both arranged by CMU alumnus Andy Glover, class of 1983, who will be honored in May with the Central Methodist University Alumni Award.
Another Central graduate, Dr. David Holsinger, CMU class of 1967, composed "On an American Spiritual," which will be performed by the band during this tour. Holsinger is currently composer in residence and conductor of the Lee University Wind Ensemble in Cleveland, Tenn.
Dean emeritus of CMU's Swinney Conservatory and currently an adjunct professor of music, Dr. Ronald Shroyer has composed "Folk Suite," also in this year's repertoire for the concert band. It is comprised of four parts, "Simple Gifts," "Skip to My Lou," "Scarborough Fair," and "Sourwood Mountain/Arkansas Traveler" and is a perennial favorite of concert-goers.
In addition to these special pieces, the band's repertoire includes a dozen other pieces, including the hallmarks of the concert and marching bands "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite" by K. L. King and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa.
Occasionally, Vandelicht asks a CMU alum in the audience to direct a piece. Vandelicht joined CMU in 2008 after a 30-year career teaching music in the Fayette public schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Central in 1977 and a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Central Band was organized in 1910 by students. Twenty-one students took part in the first band tour in 1912. After the Swinney Conservatory of Music was established on Central's campus in the fall of 1925, the concert tour became an annual event.
The CMU Concert Band Tour Schedule
Thurs., March 7: Macon High School (HS) 8:30 a.m.; Chester Boren Middle School (MS) inCentralia, 1:50 p.m.; and Wentzville United Methodist Church (UMC) 7 p.m.
Fri., March 8: Sullivan HS 9:30 a.m.; Wright City HS 1:15 p.m.; and St. Stephen UMC in Troy at 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9: St. Andrew UMC in Florissant at 7 p.m.
Sun., March 10: St. Andrew UMC church services 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; and First UMC in Poplar Bluff at 7 p.m.
Mon., March 11: Farmington HS 10 a.m.; Jackson HS 1:45 p.m.; and Festus MS 7 p.m.
Tues., March 12: Pacific HS 8:30 a.m.; Hermann HS 2:00 p.m.
After returning from tour, the CMU Concert Band will present its home concert on March 24 at 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student and Community Center on the Fayette campus.
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