CMU Alumni Band Presents Concert Saturday

39th year of musical merriment

Fayette, Mo. - This Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., alumni of many careers and from many years will come together for the 39th annual Central Methodist University Alumni Band concert. Between 40 and 60 CMU band alumni will gather to practice all day and then present a free evening concert in the Inman Student and Community Center on the Fayette campus.

The annual concert, started in 1974, was conducted the first year by well-known alumnus Kenneth Seward '51. For many years, Keith House '49, who became dean of the Swinney Conservatory of Music, presided over the band (as he said, "Meet me at the stick"). Since his death, a number of alumni have stepped to the podium to pick up the baton and direct.

This year's conductors will be Dr. Dori Waggoner '92, current dean of the Conservatory, and Capt. Randy Bartel '92, who currently directs the United States Army's Herald Trumpets.

The band's repertoire this year will include selections from "A Festival Prelude" by Reed; "Amazing Grace" by Ticheli; "First Suite in Eb" (Chaconne, Intermezzo, and March) by Holst; "La Forza Del Destino" by Verdi (arr. Lake-Kent); "On an American Spiritual" by CMU alumnus Dr. David Holsinger '67; "Salvation Is Created" by Tschesnokoff (arr. Houseknecht); "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite" by King; "The Melody Shop" by King (arr. CMU alumnus Andrew Glover '83); "Riders for the Flag" (arr. Fennell) and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," both by Sousa; "They?re Off!" by Jewell (arr. Glover); and "Valdres" by Hanssen (arr. Bainum).


Originally posted June 20, 2013


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