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Juniata College Concert Band Plays International Music

(Posted March 31, 2014)

The Concert Band plays at 3 p.m., April 5, in Rosenberger Auditorium

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Concert Band will perform a concert of international music -- that is, if you include the Beatles as purveyors of world music -- at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and Juniata students with ID or children under 18 are admitted free. The Concert Band is directed by James Latten, professor of music at Juniata.

The concert will open with a performance of "Third Suite," by Robert Jager, a well-known band composer who taught music at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Va., and Tennessee Technological University, in Cookeville, Tenn.

The compositions will take a Celtic turn as the ensemble plays "Irish Tune from County Derry," by British composer Percy Grainger, an Australian-born composer whose works revived interest in British folk music in England and Ireland. The song is based on "Londonderry Air," which is the tuned used for the Irish standard "Danny Boy."

Another Grainger composition, "Shepherds' Hey (English Morris Dance)," is based on English folk music used to accompany a Morris dance. Morris dancing is similar to Irish step dancing.

The next selection is "The Great Locomotive Chase," by Robert W. Smith, written to commemorate a famous Civil War raid in which Union soldiers stole a Confederate train and damaged tracks vital to the southern war effort. Composer Smith created the piece independent of several films based on the incident.

"Court Festival," by William Latham, is a musical suite in the style of the instrumental dance music performed at European royal courts as entertainment in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Although their music transcends the "international" label, the next section of the concert will be devoted to the music of The Beatles.

The concert will end with "March Indienne (Hindu March," by Adolphe Sellenick, a 19th century French composer. Many of Sellenick's compositions reference Indian or Middle Eastern music. American bandleader John Philip Sousa popularized Sellenick's music.

The Concert Band members are as follows:

Flute: Rebecca Brumbaugh, a junior from Hilton, N.Y.; Shanna Law, a sophomore from Pennsburg, Pa.; Shannon Manley, a junior from Elizabeth, Pa.; Erica McCauley, a freshman from New Holland, Pa.; Zoe Oswald, a freshman from Auburn, Maine; Sarah Roberts, a freshman from Ellicott City, Md.; Natasha Rosler, a junior from Bloomsburg, Pa.; Melissa Topping a sophomore from Harrisburg, Pa.; and Emily Zimmerman, a freshman from Ephrata, Pa.

Oboe: Linley Erickson, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill.

Bassoon: Vickie Arthur, a senior from Lancaster, Pa.

B Flat Clarinet: Sara Bean, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; Rachel Gingrich, a senior from Freeburg, Pa.; Andrew Hafner, a freshman from New Hope, Pa.; Corey Houck, a junior from New Holland, Pa.; Alexa Laudenslager, a senior from Halifax, Pa.; and Sherri Law, a sophomore from Pennsburg, Pa.

Bass Clarinet: Samantha Harrison, a senior from Northfield, Mass.

Alto Saxophone: Rebecca Carr, a junior from Morrisdale, Pa.; Olivia Claycomb, a freshman from Saxton, Pa.; Dominic Doganiero, a senior from Wellsboro, Pa.;
Carly Hafer, a freshman from Greencastle, Pa.; Samantha Hendricks, a freshman from McVeytown, Pa.; Briana Maddalena, a senior from Buffalo Mills, Pa.; Frank Marino, a sophomore from Speonk, N.Y.; Brad Ness, a junior from New Milford, Conn.; and Michelle Vistnes, a junior from Rockville, Md.

Tenor Saxophone: Futaba Asakawa an international student from Yokohama, Japan; Kate Bock, a freshman from Warriors Mark, Pa.; and Tristan Wilson a freshman from Boalsburg, Pa.

Baritone Saxophone: Sari Baba, a sophomore from Osaka, Japan, and Kayla Morgan, a sophomore from Saltillo, Pa.

Horn: David Dunlap, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; Makayla Hawbaker, a freshman from Shade Gap, Pa.; and Aaron Zack, a freshman from Media, Pa.

Trumpet: Scott Benfer, a junior from New Berlin, Pa.; Ethan Cree, a junior from Fallentimber, Pa.; Bill Crownover, a community member from Mount Union, Pa.; Elizabeth Faust, a junior from Thurmont, Md.; Nate Fischer, a senior from Ringwood, N.J.; Joe Kerestan, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; Laura Parker a freshman from Ilion, N.Y.; Jonathan Partsch, a junior from Salix, Pa.; Kevin Vanegas-Correa, a freshman from Keezletown, Va.; and Doug Wennick, a community member from Mount Union, Pa.

Trombone: Michael Kane, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; Chris McLimans, a freshman from West Grove, Pa.; and Faith Thoman, a freshman from Thomasville, Pa.

Euphonium: Kelsey Barth a freshman from Lewistown, Pa.; Will Lupold, a junior from Elizabethtown, Pa.; Alexandra Poremba, a freshman from Elizabeth, Pa.; and Lance Sanderson, a junior from Mount Wolf, Pa.

Tuba: John Kovalchik, a community member from Petersburg, Pa.

String Bass: Rebecca Katz, a freshman from Somerset, Pa.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.