Mason Students and Faculty Perform with U.S. Army Band

Posted: February 27, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Students and faculty from Mason’s Music Department will join the U.S. Army Concert Band in a performance featuring a mixture of traditional wind ensemble music. The event will take place in the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m.

“Side by Side” is the theme for the concert, which will include works by legendary composers such as Aaron Copland and Dimitri Shostakovich. The concert will also include several works by Mason students and faculty.

Under the baton of Professor of Conducting Anthony Maiello, the band will perform a piece called “Heartland Sketches” written by Mark Camphouse, faculty member of conducting and composition. In addition, the band will perform a piece called “Skysplitter!” written by Vincent Oppido, a Mason student receiving a masters degree in composition.

A select group of Mason students from the Music Department will share the stage with “Pershing’s Own” to perform the final three selections of the concert. These students have spent the past several days rehearsing with the band.

The U.S. Army Concert Band is one of eight official ensembles of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” which is headquartered outside of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1922 by General of the Armies John “Black Jack” Pershing, the U.S. Army Band performs annual community concerts and at national and international music education conferences.

The event is free and open to the public.

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