November 11, 2021

WIND ENSEMBLE VETERANS CONCERT - Dr. Mike Fansler, conductor with graduate conductors, and special guests Dr. Alfonzo Cooper, Jr., tenor and Master of Ceremonies Clemence "Carl" Oborski, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army/WIU Professor of Military Science - *seating pre-registration/invitation info TBA
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: COFAC Recital Hall
Description: *Seating pre-registration/invitation info TBA

This performance will be broadcast on the School of Music's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Dr. Mike Fansler, conductor
Dr. Alfonzo Cooper, Jr., guest soloist
Benjamin Scholz, guest conductor
Brian Drews, guest conductor

Clemence "Carl" Oborski
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
WIU Professor of Military Science

Let Freedom Ring (introduction) - Ryan Nowlin (b. 1973)

Presentation of Colors - WIU ROTC

Pledge of Allegiance

A Patriotic Salute - James L. Hosay (b. 1959)
- Dr. Alfonzo Cooper, Jr., guest soloist

National Emblem March - E. E. Bagley (1857-1922)
- Benjamin Scholz, guest conductor

The Blue and the Gray - Clare Grundman (1930-1996)
- Brian Drews, guest conductor

Armed Forces Salute - arr. Bob Lowden (1920-1998)

Fanfare for the Fallen - Julie Giroux (b. 1961)

God Bless the USA - Greenwood (b. 1943)/arr. Mike Fansler (b.1969)

Battle Hymn of the Republic - Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)/William Steffe (1830-1890)/arr. James Ployhar (b.1926)

America the Beautiful - Samuel A. Ward (1848-1903)/arr. Carmen Dragon (1914-1984)
- Dr. Alfonzo Cooper, Jr., guest soloist

Retiring of Colors - WIU ROTC

Let Freedom Ring (conclusion) - Ryan Nowlin (b. 1973)

Performances in the COFAC Recital Hall are now open for limited general audience seating, with the following guidelines:

Audience members and participants are encouraged to be vaccinated

Off-campus visitors are encouraged to complete the WIU self-check before arriving to campus at

Face coverings must be worn by all audience members, at all times

Ushers will collect information from attendees (name, phone and email) to assist with contact tracing, if necessary

Audience members will be expected to maintain proper social distancing from others not in his/her group
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Contact Information:
 Joanie Herbert
 Phone: 309-298-1843
Source: School of Music

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