CMU Alumni Band to Perform Saturday

Annual gathering led by Vandelicht and Glover

The Central Methodist University Alumni Band will present its annual concert this Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 in the Jacobs Conference Center of Inman Student and Community Center on the campus in Fayette.

The concert is free and all are welcome to attend.

The Alumni Band began in 1974 and has performed every year since then. The performers are former members of the CMU Concert and/or Marching Bands and have been known to cover five decades of musicians. Their passion for band music, and their loyalty to and fond memories of Central draw them back every year for a full day of practice followed by a full concert for music lovers.

The directors this year are Andrew Glover, class of 1983, and Roy “Skip” Vandelicht, class of 1977.

Glover began writing music while still in high school and continues to do so. He is chief operating officer of the C. L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he also serves as executive vice president in charge of music production. He is staff composer, arranger, and editor.

After a 31-year career teaching music at Fayette Public Schools (grades 5-12), Vandelicht moved into the fulltime position of director of bands at CMU in 2008. He had already been working part-time with the marching band at Central for a number of years by then. Last year, he was inducted into the Missouri Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

The CMU Alumni Band will be performing selections from the following repertoire in its concert on Saturday night: “American Civil War Fantasy” by Bilik; “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” by King; “Fatinitza Overture” by von Suppe and arranged by Glover; “Lead On, O King Eternal” with setting by Swearingen;

“Luisa Di Montfort—Finale” by Bergson, arranged by Glover, with Lynn Fryer on clarinet; “O Magnum Mysterium” by Lauridsen/Reynolds; “On an American Spiritual” by CMU alumnus David Holsinger (’67); “Overture on an Early American Folk Hymn” by CMU alumnus Claude T. Smith (’54); “The Royal Welch Fusiliers March” by Sousa; and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by Sousa.

The musicians that make up the Alumni Band—a some teachers, some performers, and some who only occasionally pick up an instrument anymore—are so passionate about music in general and the Alumni Band in particular, that they return to campus regardless of the weather or other potential deterrents.

They play with the same passion and joy, making the Alumni Band Concert one of the most popular presentations on campus.


Posted June 18, 2014