After a fall semester of marching band activities, the MSU Concert Band will open its concert season on Monday at 7:30 pm in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the campus of MSU.
The program will include a wide variety of music. The band will open with "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Willcox Jenkins, composer and arranger for the United States Army Field Band, Army Band, Army Chorus and Armed Forces Network. Jenkins is the recipient of the ASCAP Serious Music Award for two decades and the Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year award, 2000. Jenkins continues to teach, even after his retirement, as Professor Emeritus at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music.
The band will also perform "The Lark in the Clear Air" by Clifton Taylor, based on the traditional Irish folk tune "Caislean U, O'Neill." "Midway March" from the classic World War II motion picture "Midway," written by John Williams, is one of the most riveting and powerful marches of the silver screen.
The concert will also include "Concert Celebration" by Claude T. Smith and "Selections from The Phantom of the Opera" arranged by Warren Barker. The Halloween concert will conclude with "The Crosley March" by Henry Fillmore.
According to director Joseph Alme, "literature programmed for this event will be some of the most challenging for the musician and yet some of the most fun to listen to for MSU students and the general public."
The Halloween Concert is free and open to the public.