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Feb. 13, 2012
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Honor Band to perform concert on Thursday

Baldwin City, Kan. — More than 100 area high school musicians will participate in the 14th annual Honor Band Festival on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Baker University, highlighted by a 7 p.m. concert at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. The concert is free and open the public. Baker-arch1

High schools from Atchison, Baldwin City, Bonner Springs, Burlington, Central Heights, Fort Scott, Jayhawk-Linn, Jefferson West, McLouth, Olathe Northwest, Osawatomie, Ottawa, Royal Valley, St. Marys and Wellsville will be represented. Anthony Purcell, director of bands at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, will instruct the musicians throughout the day.

This concert will feature the Baker University Symphonic Winds under the baton of Raymond James Jr., director of bands at Baker. Purcell will direct the High School Honor Band.

The High School Honor Band will perform “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa / ed. Fennell ; “Chorale and Shaker Dance II” by Zdechlik; “Earthdance” by Sweeney; “Declaration Overture” by Claude T. Smith; “Balladair” by     Frank Erickson; and “Animatus Eventus (in manuscript) by Fernandez.
The Baker University Symphonic Winds will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner , arr. by Jack Stamp; “A Festival Preludeby Alfred Reed; “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger; “76 Trombones” by Meredith Wilson /Iwai; and “Home on the Range” by Ralston/Barnes.

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