The annual All New England Band Festival, featuring 175 high school musicians, will culminate in a performance at 7 p.m. Monday, November 21 at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University campus.
The concert will conclude a daylong event involving honor band members representing 60 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from more than 400 who applied for the festival from 80 high schools. Selections were based on students’ individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state bands or orchestras.
Guest conductors for the 2005 festival are Richard L. Saucedo and Sean O’Loughlin. Both are nationally known composers of band music and have numerous published and recorded works to their credit.
The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, conducted by Gary Corcoran. The university band will present a program entitled “Persistence: A Celebration of the Human Spirit” featuring works by Stephen Melillo, Frank Ticheli, Leonard Bernstein, Richard L. Saucedo, Sean O’Loughlin, and John Philip Sousa. PSU trombone instructor Scott Grant will perform the “Concerto for Trombone” by Launy Groendahl.
Tickets for the performance are $7 (free with PSU I.D.) and will be available at the door. Call 603-535-ARTS or 1-800-779-3869 for information. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance.