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ASU Band Music Stands out from the Crowd

January 10, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz – The ASU Herberger College School of Music promises another season of out-of-the-ordinary, interactive entertainment for spring 2005. The eight-performance spring band season is a rare gem in the valley with programs to suit everyone’s taste, from classic and traditional to quirky and cutting-edge. Gary Hill, director of bands, vows to challenge the notion of attending a band concert and sitting quietly in your seat.

One of the highlights of the season will be an audience participation performance. Valley music lovers who are reality show buffs or a classic game show fans, don’t want to miss out “Musical Survivor,” ASU’s first-ever musical reality show. “Musical Survivor” will showcase wind band pieces chosen by patron request. To participate, the public is invited to nominate any piece of music for inclusion in the contest and e-mail their choices or call 480-965-2492 between now and Feb. 1. On April 5, the night of the show, the top nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the audience.

Local audiences will have the opportunity to usher in the high desert’s finest season at “Spring Music” featuring Copeland’s Appalachian Spring and other seasonal favorites, on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 at the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.

In celebration of Black History Month, the ASU Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Chandler High School Band in a collaborative concert on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Featured works including Adolphus Hailstork’s American Guernica and Julian Work’sAutumn.

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4 p.m. Room 311, Gammage Auditorium
Wind Symphony
An afternoon matinee devoted to illuminating lesser-known works for wind band
Lecture-recitals on music of Florent Schmitt and Joseph Turrin.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Kerr Cultural Center 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Chamber Winds
Music to usher in the High Desert’s finest season
Copland's Appalachian Spring and other seasonal music.
Reservations advised; Call 480-596-2660 for information.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
Wind Ensemble and the Chandler High School Band
ASU’s performance will feature works in celebration of Black History Month, including Adolphus Hailstork’s American Guernica and Julian Work’s Autumn Walk.

Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Chaparral Christian Church
645 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Wind Symphony and Choral Union
This label stands for some of the Valley's best singing!
Inspiring music for chorus and winds. Admission: $10 general, $5 students 
Herberger College Box Office: 480-965-6447,

Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Gammage Auditorium
Concert Band and Wind Ensemble
Grantham’s Kentucky Harmony, Persichetti’s Divertimento, and other band favorites.

Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Gammage Auditorium
Wind Symphony and ASU Concerto Winner
Now hear this: it’s time for our first-ever musical reality show! After we showcase a winner from this year’s student concerto competition, we will perform wind band pieces chosen by patron request. Whether you’re a reality show buff or a classic game show fan, don’t miss this inaugural edition of Musical Survivor! To participate, simply nominate a piece composed or arranged for wind band; then, come to the concert and support your choice, as it competes for “musical survival” against the nominations of others. To nominate a work for inclusion in the contest, e-mail your choices to or call 480-965-2492 between now and Feb. 1, 2005. On April 5, the top ten nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the audience at 7:30 p.m. After intermission, the Wind Symphony will perform the top survivors! Get real: play Musical Survivor!

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall, Music Building
Chamber Winds and ASU Student Soloist
A winner from this year’s concerto competition and other top musicians are featured.

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Gammage Auditorium
Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony
A season finale that will have you dancing for joy!

Media Contact:
Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478