It featured the Millersville University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble and was conducted by Millersville’s own Dr. Keith Wiley and Dr. Daniel Heslink.
The MU Wind Ensemble is a 46 member group that is comprised of the most experienced instrumental players at Millersville University.
They perform wind band literature and are dedicated to continuing the playing of wind band music as one of America’s leading art forms.
The MU Concert Band consists of approximately 60 wind and percussion players. They perform a variety of quality literature including original wind band classics, and music from the jazz and popular genres.
The concert band is open to all students who have prior band experience.
Together, these two groups showcased their talents and put on a remarkable concert that all audience members enjoyed. The concert opened up with a piece called March Forth by Donald I. Moore.
It was a song that kept listeners “slightly on the edge” by blending melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements.
The second piece had a slower and more serious tone throughout the song. It was called Kaddish by W. Francis Mcbeth. This piece was an ancient Jewish prayer said in memory of the dead.
Mcbeth wrote “this work is a combination of all emotions that surround the death of a friend- cries, shouts, resignation, and sorrow- but the work should end as an alleluia, an affirmation of life.”
The third song was called Harlequinade by Denes Agay and was split into three parts: I. Intrada. II. Serenade. III. Polka. This piece was full of playful, spirited and lively sounds that created an upbeat feeling throughout the audience.
Other pieces performed by the concert band and wind ensemble included: Symphony No. 3 “Don Quixote” by Robert W. Smith, Elegy for a Young American by Ronald Lo Presti, and Equus by Eric Whitacre.
“I think that all of the student musicians should be lauded for putting together a rather challenging program in twelve rehearsals (six weeks, with two rehearsals a week),” Dr. Keith Wiley.
Overall, the Millersville University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble put on a terrific concert that showcased all members’ talents.