Another season of Utah State University Alumni Band Summer Concerts is underway — this is the 56th year — with Dr. Nicholas Morrison in his 26th year as band director.
Morrison, Executive Associate Dean of the Caine College of the Arts, took the baton from founder Dr. Max Dalby who retired in 1993 after 30 years.
He said USU alums comprise the band and after volunteering over the decades they enjoy being together.
“The loyalty is pretty impressive,” Morrison exclaimed. “I’ve discovered over the years it’s loyalty to each other and loyalty to the art. They really come to make music together.”
With the concerts at 7 p.m. on five summer Sundays, and musicians coming from locations near and far, rehearsals must be done the same day.
“We go from 4:30 to 6:00 and we’re really fortunate to have those rehearsals in the Daines Concert Hall, which is a great facility to rehearse in and to perform in. To rehearse in a facility like that really raises the level of the ensemble to match the space that you’re in.”
Concerts are free.
The next one is July 7 in the Daines Concert Hall and will follow a patriotic theme, featuring the American Festival Chorus and the Cache Childrens Choir, in addition to a special vocal ensemble by Cache Valley children and works by Kurt Bestor and Jay Richards.
Nick Morrison and Craig Jessop will split the conducting responsibilities; Richards will conduct two of his pieces.
(Also, a surprise mystery celebrity will perform that night on the mighty Holtkamp organ in Daines Hall.)
The upcoming July 14th and 21st concerts are on the USU Quad. The July 7th and August 4th concerts are in the Daines Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.