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Wilkes University Bands Make History, Play First Ever Concert Together on Nov. 22

History will be made on Nov. 22 when all three Wilkes University band ensembles perform together for the first time at Wilkes University Band Night. The Jazz Orchestra, The Civic Band and The Marching Colonels present an evening of big band jazz, concert band and marching band music at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

The Wilkes University Civic Band, directed by Philip Simon, associate professor of music, is a large concert band comprised of Wilkes students and local community members.  The group plays music from a large repertoire of outstanding works spanning four centuries. For this concert the Civic Band plays the world premiere of a new march, “Invincible,” composed by Russian expatriate Eugene Magalif, and welcomes maestro Magalif to the podium as guest conductor for this new work. The Band also will play the “Folk Song Suite” of Ralph Vaughn Williams, “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen, “It Is Well With My Soul,” arranged by Dallas Burke and “Loch Lomond,” arranged by Frank Ticheli. 

The newest ensemble at Wilkes, The Marching Colonels Marching Band, is completing its inaugural year with this concert performance of its halftime show, “Celebrating 60 Years of Rock Roll.”  Drum majors Sofia Soares and Martina Barna will lead the Marching Colonels through the “Pre-game Fanfare and Entrance” based on the university’s alma mater, as well as such classic and modern rock hits as “We Love Rock and Roll,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “Got To Get You into My Life,” “True Colors” and “Happy.” 

The Jazz Orchestra, directed by Nick Driscoll, adjunct professor of music at Wilkes, will play original big-band and small-group jazz composed by such giants of jazz as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and many others.