The Utah State University Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas P. Rohrer, will perform its opening concert of the season and host the USU Alumni Concert Band, Nicholas Morrison conductor. The ensembles will perform both separately and together in what is an annual event as part of Homecoming festivities at USU. The Homecoming Concert is Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m., and is presented in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU campus (approximately 1110 E. 610 North, Logan). The concert is highlighted by a massed band finale. Admission for the event is $8 for adults, and USU and school music students are admitted at no cost. Call (435) 797-3004 with any questions. The Wind Orchestra, the “flagship ensemble” of the USU Bands, is a 45-member ensemble of the finest wind and percussion players in the school, according to Thomas P. Rohrer, director of band in USU’s Department of Music and the Caine School of the Arts. It plays the finest in contemporary wind music as well as time-tested standards from the band repertoire. The Wind Orchestra performs two concerts in the fall semester and three concerts in the spring, and entrance is gained to the ensemble by audition at the outset of each semester. The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation in the region by performing at the Utah Music Educators Convention and with two performances in four years at the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference in Reno, Nevada. Many members of the USU Alumni Concert Band participate in the popular summer concert series at USU, and return for this reunion during Homecoming activities. The USU Bands’ schedule includes a special concert of distinguished soloists on Nov. 6, the annual “Sounds of the Stadium” marching band concert Saturday, Nov. 21, the Tri-State Band Symposium Finale Concert Dec. 5 and a holiday concert Dec. 6.
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