MSU’s Wind Ensemble and concert bands give spring performances next week

Contact: Bethany Shipp

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Wind Ensemble and Campus, Concert and Symphonic Bands are presenting concerts April 9 and 14 on MSU’s campus.

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MSU’s Wind Ensemble and Campus, Concert and Symphonic Bands will give performances April 9 and 14 in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. (Photo by Megan Bean)

The Wind Ensemble will close its performance series with a repertoire spanning the ages of the wind band on April 9, 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. The concert will feature the lush timbres and textures of composer Percy Grainger with “The Gumsucker’s March” and the “Vienna Jubilation Overture” by von Suppe. The program also will showcase two of the classics in the band repertoire: composer Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances” and “Sonoran Desert Holiday” by Ron Nelson. Contemporary literature also included in the program is a recent composition by Aaron Perrine titled “Only Light” and the “Symphony No. V: Elements” by composer Julie Giroux. Director of Bands Elva Kaye Lance will conduct the performance.

Additionally, MSU’s Campus, Concert and Symphonic Bands will perform at 2 p.m. on April 14 in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. Comprised of musicians representing almost every major at MSU, the groups will perform a comprehensive mix of wind repertoire including orchestral transcriptions, classic works for band, contemporary concert works and “pops” arrangements. The concert will feature pieces by composers Alfred Reed, Ron Nelson, Edward Elgar, JaRod Hall, Julie Giroux and John Barnes Chance. Featured as a soloist with the concert band is Amy Catron, assistant teaching professor of cello. Conductors for the performance include Craig Aarhus and Cliff Taylor, who serve as associate directors of the Maroon Band.

Both events are free and open to the public. Learn more about MSU’s Department of Music, housed in the College of Education, at

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