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DePauw Band Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The DePauw University Band, directed by Professor Craig Paré, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor during its Sunday, Nov. 13 concert with a performance of Richard Rodgers’ stirring soundtrack to the early television series “Victory at Sea” that documented the battle of the Pacific during World War II.

The performance will be presented at 3 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium.

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DePauw University Band Set to Release 10th CD, Everything Beautiful

The tenth compact disc by the DePauw University Band, Everything Beautiful, will be released next week. On Tuesday, November 15 at 4 p.m., the community is invited to Kresge Auditorium as the band opens the first copies of the new disc and plays it in celebration of its release.

The CD's eight selections were recorded in the spring, and include DePauw School of Music professor Anne Reynolds as featured soloist on Philip Sparke's A Lindisfarne Rhapsody. Suzanne Hassler, manager of marketing and publications for the School of Music, created the art for the packaging.

The disc is being issed by the Mark Masters label and is available for purchase.

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DePauw Jazz Ensemble Debuts ‘Little Big Band’

When the DePauw Jazz Ensemble, led by DePauw University professor Steve Snyder, takes the stage for its first fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium, debuting along with it will be a new octet.

Wednesday’s program is inspired by a gift from DePauw alumnus Anthony Minstein, a 1974 graduate, who recently provided the group with many classic arrangements for this unique, new eight-piece instrumentation.

“The DePauw Jazz Ensemble has grown musically and artistically every year,” said Snyder, director of jazz studies at DePauw, “prompting the addition of a new group formed from members of the larger band. It’s comprised of the lead players in each of the winds — Lead Trumpet, Lead Trombone, Lead Alto (doubling on bari sax in the octet) and Lead Tenor — along with the full rhythm section.

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Prof. & Composer Donald White Remembered by Tiger Bands Alumnus

Donald H. White, a noted composer and music educator who taught in the DePauw University School of Music for more than 30 years and served as its director from 1974-78, died yesterday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 95 years old.

Born February 28, 1921 in Narberth, Pennsylvania, White studied music education at Temple University, composition at the Philadelphia Conservatory, and earned the M.M. and Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

"I wrote my master's thesis on selected works of Dr. White's for band, and I am currently preparing my doctoral dissertation on his unpublished piece for band and chorus," says Adam Hilkert '08, an alumnus of the DePauw bands, director emeritus of the Tiger Pep Band, and now a doctoral candidate in instrumental conducting at George Mason University.

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