Alumni Band 2018 Season Opens June 24
Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018
The Utah State University Alumni Band will perform the opening concert of the 2018 season Sunday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in the Daines Concert Hall, in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus.
The Alumni Band is comprised of more than 300 Caine College of the Arts alumni who have continued to perform since graduation. Each concert consists of 45-60 musicians, all of whom donate their talents and only have a single rehearsal on the day of the performance to prepare. The personnel changes for each concert depend on musical needs and schedules of band members.
This concert features special guests Steve Call, music professor at BYU, Lane Weaver, assistant director of bands at USU and actors from the Lyric Repertory Company performing music from Grey Gardens at intermission.
Steve Call teaches courses in tuba and euphonium performance, jazz piano, jazz studies and directs the BYU Jazz Legacy Band. As a soloist, he has presented guest recitals and concerto performances throughout the United States. Call has performed with a variety of jazz and chamber groups throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has served as principal euphonium with Utah Premiere Brass and principal tuba with the Wintergreen Summer Festival Orchestra in Virginia. He currently performs with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band of Colorado, Yankee Brass Band of New England and New Hot 5 Jazz Band in the United States and France. His music video, “Jazz for Cows,” has more than 12.5 million views on YouTube.
Lane Weaver directs the Aggie Marching Band, the Basketball Pep Band and the Trombone Choir in addition to teaching applied low brass lessons. He is an active arranger of athletic band and brass choir music. His work has been performed by several universities in the Midwest, west and south. Weaver’s writing has been published in the second volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band and he has presented workshops on the use of vocalization and singing by instrumentalists. Originally from southeast Idaho, Weaver holds a bachelor’s in music education from USU, a master’s in trombone performance from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in wind conducting from the University of Kentucky. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and adjudicator and enjoys visiting high school and junior high band programs.
At Sunday’s season opener, the band will perform On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss, A Festival Prelude, Manhattan Beach, Westside Story and more.
Due to construction closing USU’s Champ Drive, this year’s Alumni Band concerts will be held in the Daines Concert Hall inside the Chase Fine Arts Center. Concerts will resume on the USU Quad for the 2019 season.
“We plan on bringing you the same great music you have come to expect from Alumni Band,” Nicholas Morrison, music director, said. “We invite you to experience the amazing sound of our beautiful, newly remodeled concert hall in the Fine Arts Center. It’s an honor to bring the sounds of these talented musicians to the Cache Valley community to enjoy for free.”
This year’s Alumni Band concerts will be held on June 24, July 1, 15, 22 and August 5. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 435-797-8022 or go online to cca.usu.edu.
Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-797-9203