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ASU Band Brings Tradition Home

February 02, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The ASU Herberger College School of Music introduces another exciting season of band concerts for spring 2006. This season is sure to entertain and delight one and all with everything from a Valentine's Day celebration to a Sun Devil Jubilee.

"The spring concert season offers a mix of traditional masterworks for band with the most contemporary of literature," said Wayne Bailey, Director, School of Music.

The Feb. 22 Wind Ensembles concert features tuba soloist and ASU music professor Sam Pilafian - perhaps best known as a founding member of the internationally-renowned Empire Brass Quintet. He also has recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Pilafian will perform the Arizona premiere of Dance Rhrapsody, a new work for tuba and band by Aldo Forte .

In April, a combined Wind Symphony and Wind Ensembles concert will feature ASU Concert of Soloists student competition winner, Jamie VanValkenburg.

"Featuring world class tuba soloist Sam Pilafian and Concert of Soloists competition winner Jamie Van Valkenburg, the band spring season definitely has something for everyone," said Bailey.

The complete School of Music spring band season is listed below. All concerts are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 480-965-TUNE or visit the Herberger College School of Music Web calendar at

Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage Auditorium
This Valentine's Day concert includes a variety of works. Martin Province conducts works by Michael Colgrass and Morton Lauridsen. Matthew Luttrell conducts the premiere of Michael Markowski's Shadow Ritual , this year's ASU student composition competition winner. Michael Napoleon, concerto student competition winner performs Ingolf Dahl's Saxophone Concert , conducted by Andy Collinsworth. Kimberly Marshall will be featured on a new setting for organ and winds of Charles Marie Widor's Toccata .

Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage Auditorium
Wayne Bailey, conductor. This evening of traditional band music includes works by Grainger, Dello Joio and Persichetti and features tuba soloist Sam Pilafian performing the Arizona premiere of a new work for tuba and band. Grant Linsell, guest conductor.

March 23, 7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall
This concert of wind chamber music features Catalin Rotaru, double bass, on Jean Francaix's Mozart New Look. Martin R. Province and Jesse Leyva conduct.

April 6, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage Auditorium
This performance features ASU Concert of Soloists student competition winner Jamie VanValkenburg, euphonium, and guest student conductor Jesse Leyva. Wayne Bailey and Martin Province conduct.

April 26, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage Auditorium
The ASU Concert Band presents Sun Devil Jubilee. Matthew Luttrell and Andy Collinsworth conduct.

The School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19 th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each season. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

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