Wilkes University


Check Out Some Homegrown Music with Civic Band

The award-winning Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Dr. Philip Simon, will present a concert of “Homegrown Music” on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the student lounge of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The concert will feature world premiere performances of compositions by members of the Civic Band: “Fantasy of Time” by Mark Stransky, a Wilkes alumnus, and “Shenandoah” by tubist Ryan Lamoreux. Also featured will be “Valdres March” by Johannes Hanssen and “Loch Lomond” by Frank Ticheli.

The concert will open with a 30 minute discussion on the history of the tune “Shenandoah,” and the composition of Lamoreux’s new arrangement of the famous folk song. The discussion will be led by composer Lamoreux, Philip Simon, and members of his conducting class. Attendees at the discussion will receive copies of the score to allow them to follow as the Civic Band plays examples of the original melody and the compositional enhancements made by Lamoreux.

Stransky, a 2004 Wilkes masters degree graduate and local music educator, will conduct his composition “Fantasy of Time,” which was written for the Civic Band and depicts humankind’s continuous struggle to merge with the unyielding tick of the clock.

The Wilkes University Civic Band is a concert band comprised of Wilkes University student musicians and adult and student musicians from the local community. The group has performed for many notable occasions, including the PA Music Educators annual Spring Conference, the annual Wilkes-Barre City sponsored Cherry Blossom Festival at Kirby Park, The 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert for the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, the Inauguration of Patrick Leahy, President of Wilkes University, and regular concerts in the fall and spring of each year.