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ASU Band Music Out of the Ordinary

September 01, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz – Narrators and actors? Cabaret-style performances? Rap music? Elaborate sets? Do these sound like any of the ingredients for your typical band concert series? While these are not your “parents” band concerts, the ASU Herberger College School of Music fall band season does promise something for everyone in the family. The 2004 series is distinguished by the diversity and creativity it offers from concert to concert.

I want to make a theatrical experience out of each of this season’s concerts” says Gary Hill, director of bands. These concerts shouldn’t just be music to your ears; they should captivate all of your senses.

In the season’s biggest family pleaser, Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland, the Chamber Winds will travel to the Arizona Museum for Youth to perform Gandolfi’s Pinocchio and Adolphe’s Oceanophony. This performance is a special collaboration between the two arts organizations. Children of all ages will enjoy the visual vibrancy of the museum's exhibits and have fun seeing and listening to the wild tale of Pinocchio.

In Oh Mr. Sousa!, the celebration of John Philip Sousa's 150th birthday will fill the Sundome with the inspiring sounds of the infamous composer! Young people and the “young at heart” will enjoy singers and actors who portray scenes from Sousa's life as the musicians perform many of Sousa's greatest hits! This is the wrap up performance to the Herberger College of Fine Arts 40th Birthday event.

The fall season closes with the ever-popular Pass-in-Review, a spectacular show for anyone who is energized by bands and enjoys variety. The two-hour production showcases the hundreds of students who make up the ASU Bands and featuring the Sun Devil Marching Band.

The complete Herberger College School of Music band season for fall is below. For more information on the band season, the public should call (480) 965-TUNE or visit the Herberger College Web Site at and click on “Things to Do.” All concerts are free except as noted.

War & Peace
Musical reflections on contrasting human conditions. 
Wind Symphony 
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Gammage Auditorium
Del Tredici's In Wartime, Copland's The Promise of Living and others.

Charms in Chandler
Musical charms to delight one-and-all.
Wind Ensemble and Sinfonietta
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
Music of Bruch, Delius, Shostakovich, Hindemith and Arnold.

A Family Affair
An arts collaboration for kids of all ages! 
Chamber Winds and the Arizona Museum for Youth
Thursday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m., Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson Street, Mesa
Limited admission by reservation only: Call 480-644-2467 for information.
Adolphe's Oceanophony and Gandolfi's Pinocchio.

A Community Collaborative Concert
Wind Ensemble and the Hamilton High School Band
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton High School Auditorium, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue
Grainger’s masterwork Lincolnshire Posy.

Oh Mr. Sousa!
A spectacular celebration of Sousa's 150th birthday! 
A Herberger College of Fine Arts 40th Birthday Event
Wind Symphony and Friends
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., ASU Sundome
Admission charge; $10 General Admission, $5 Students
ASU Sundome Box Office: 480-965-1900,
Tickets also available at Herberger College Web site and Box Office
A walk through the life of America's favorite bandmaster and many of his greatest hits.
Cool Winds
Hey, it's finally fall in the desert! Celebrate with cool music for wind band.
Concert Band and Wind Ensemble
Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Gammage Auditorium
Donald Freund’s “Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’” and Ernst Toch’s “Spiel for Wind Orchestra.”

Musical Sweets
Delicious music that will satisfy your aural sugar-tooth!
Chamber Winds
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall, Music Building
Balcom's Orphee-Serenade and other scrumptious musical desserts!

An All-Bands Review Featuring the Sun Devil Marching Band!
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Gammage Auditorium
Admission charge; $10 General Admission, $5 Students
ASU Gammage Box Office: 480-965-3434,
Tickets also available at Herberger College Web site and Box Office
Rip-roaring concert music and the Sun Devil Band's season review!

The School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th 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

Media Contact:
Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478