The WTAMU Department of Music is getting ready for their final concert of the spring on May 2. All three bands from WT (Symphonic, Concert, and University) will perform as well as a special guest artist.
John Stacy, a French horn player, said they are anticipating a high turnout.
“Attendance for these concerts is usually pretty positive,” he said. “The student body is quite supportive of what we do here. I would encourage as many people to attend, as all three groups performing are top notch. Some really fine musicians are performing, and the music we are performing is also interesting and quite exciting.”
Stacy, who plays in the University band, also said the concert gives him and others the opportunity to play more music.
“I wanted more playing experience,” he said. “I was already in the Symphonic band, but wanting to play more, I auditioned for University and Concert bands just to play more. More music is more fun, or at least to me it is.”
Stephanie Meadows, a freshman percussion player, joined the band for her love to music as well. As someone who has been performing for seven years, she knows exactly what it is like to be part of a music group.
“We are expected to practice outside of band and come to all rehearsals. We want students to enjoy the music we play,” said Meadows.
B.J. Dyer has been the drum-line captain for three years in the Symphonic band. He describes the upcoming concert as “interesting.”
“We’re playing two pieces by Wagner, Rienzi and Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” Dyer said. “We’re also playing a really pretty piece called Dusk, a Spanish march called Lola Flores, and we’re commissioning a piece by Luigi Zaninelli for alto saxophone and band called Suite Concert ante.”
The guest artist will be Daniel Loudenback of Odessa, a saxophone extraordinaire. He will be accompanying the Symphonic band.
The concert will be held at the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall at 6 p.m. The Symphonic concert will start at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.