February 23, 2024

51st Annual WIU Showcase of Bands with guest conductors Matthew McCutchen, Alfred L. Watkins, and Composer-in-Residence Ryan George
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: COFAC Recital Hall
Description: These performances are free and open for general seating and will be live-streamed on the School of Music's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Friday, Feb. 23
7:30pm - WIU WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT: Matt Thomas, conductor w/guest conductor Alfred L. Watkins and guest composer Ryan George

El Camino Real (1985) - Alfred Reed
O Magnum Mysterium (1994/2001/2004) - Morten Lauridsen/arr. Robert Reynolds
- Alfred L. Watkins, guest conductor
Fantastic Polka - Arthur Pryor
- Jett Walker, trombone soloist
Symphony No. 6 (1956) - Vincent Persichetti
The Governorís Own March (1921/2023) - Alton Adams/arr. Loras John Schissel
- Alfred L. Watkins, guest conductor
Riff Raff (2012) - Ryan George (guest composer)

Saturday, Feb. 24
1:00pm - SHOWCASE BANDS CONCERT w/guest bands from Melville High School, Tony Brown, conductor; Metamora Township High School, Zachary Hilligoss, conductor; Normal West High School, Ryan Budzinski, conductor with guest conductors
4:00pm - HONOR BAND & WIU CONCERT BAND CONCERT: Anneliese Land, conductor w/guest conductor Matthew McCutchen and guest composer Ryan George

Halcyon Hearts (2021) - Katahj Copley
Cape Breton Postcard (2006) - Catherine McMichael
Good Night, Dear Heart (2009) - Dan Forrest
- Matthew McCutchen, guest conductor
Pop Music 92023) - Alex Shapiro
Visionaries (2007) - Ryan George
Pentland Hills (1965) - James Howe

The Showcase of Bands at Western Illinois University gives talented high school musicians the opportunity to participate and learn from nationally recognized wind band conductors and Western's own applied and conducting faculty. Band directors are encouraged to attend and observe the sessions under the direction of our guest conductors and the WIU School of Music faculty.

Related Web Site: WIU SHOWCASE OF BANDS 2024
Contact Information:
 Joanie Herbert
 Phone: 309-298-1843
 Email: JE-Herbert@wiu.edu
Source: School of Music

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle * Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309/298-1414 * E-mail info@wiu.edu
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