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February 9, 2015

Cowley to host third annual Concert Band Invitational Concert


At 7 p.m. Thursday, February 12, the Cowley College Concert Band will host the third annual Band Invitational Concert in the Robert Brown Theatre. Joining the Cowley Concert Band will be the Belle Plaine High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mrs. Amanda Weisshaar.

“I am very excited to share this upcoming concert with Amanda and her students from Belle Plaine,” said Josh Fleig, Director of Instrumental Music at Cowley College. “She and I were music students together at Wichita State back in the early 2000’s. This will be a really neat opportunity for us to reconnect and to collaborate with both of our groups.”

Fleig established the Invitational Concert in 2012 as an effort to reach out to local and area high school band programs in order to strengthen the relationships the Cowley College music department shares with other members of the musical community.

“The Invitational Concert has proven to be a truly positive and rewarding element of the Cowley band program,” Fleig said. “It is always such a great learning experience for our students when they have the opportunity to collaborate with another group like this.”

The Cowley Concert Band will perform six pieces which, most of which are representative of the classic wind band sound that was established in the early part of the 20th century.

“We will perform music by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Percy Grainger and Charles Carter,” Fleig said. “These composers are considered icons in the history of the wind band, and many of their works are landmarks in the literature.”

The band will also perform a contemporary piece by Dutch composer Jacob de Haan.

The Belle Plaine High School Band will open the concert with four pieces: “Triple Treat” by David Shaffer, “With Every Winter’s Breath” by Randall Standridge, “Trails of Glory” by James Swearingen, and “Ballad and Dance” by Johnnie Vinson.

“I recently had the chance to visit the Belle Plaine band and heard them rehearse,” Fleig said. “I think they are doing excellent work. I look forward to sharing the stage with them on February 12th.”