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National Radio Program Features DePauw Band

The music of the DePauw University Band has been featured on Wind & Rhythm, a weekly radio program carried on select public radio stations. This week's episode, "A Birthday for Our Country," can also be heard as episode 389 at windandrhythm.com and via the player at the end of this story.

"We're in good company" for this patriotic episode, says Craig Paré, conductor of the DePauw University Band and Wind Ensemble, "with other performances by the United States Marine Band 'The President's Own,' the United States Air Force Band, and the United States Army Field Band." The episode features the DePauw University Band's 2002 Wind Journey recording of "The Star Spangled Banner (A Love Song to our Country)," arranged by Jack Stamp.

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Greencastle Middle School and DePauw Jazz Join Forces Wednesday

The DePauw Jazz Ensemble will welcome the Greencastle Middle School Jazz Band to the Kresge Auditorium stage Wednesday, April 27 for the ensemble's last concert of the semester.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the DePauw University Green Center for the Performing Arts.

The 22-member GMS band -- led by volunteer DePauw student instructors Ciara McManus, Leland Nelson, Spencer Schillerstrom and Allan Whitehead -- will open the program with such standards as Henri Mancini's "The Pink Panther" and Neal Hefti's classic "Li'l Darlin'."

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School of Music Dean McCoy to be DePauw's 20th President

DePauw University’s Board of Trustees today unanimously selected D. Mark McCoy, dean of the DePauw School of Music since August 2011, as president of DePauw, effective July 1. He succeeds Brian W. Casey, who is leaving at the end of the current academic year to become president of Colgate University in New York.

An 18-member presidential search committee — led by Kathy Patterson Vrabeck ’85, assisted by Isaacson, Miller, a premier search firm in the higher education and non-profit industry, and consisting of DePauw alumni, students, faculty and administration — after months of work, came to the conclusion that the top candidate was already on campus. That committee sent the choice of Dr. McCoy to the Board of Trustees. Today’s vote confirms the selection.

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DePauw Band Presents 'Bach to the Future' Sunday

The DePauw University Band, directed by Professor Craig Paré, will present its first concert of the year "Bach to the Future" on Sunday, October 4 — but at an unusual time. The Sunday matinee in Kresge Auditorium has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in order to allow interested audience members who would also enjoy attending the final performance of the musical production of Spamalot to do so at 3 p.m. in Moore Theatre, which is also located on the first floor of the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

In its opening program, the University Band celebrates the great variety and richness that has been the symphonic band’s legacy. From transcriptions such as Erik Leidzén's great setting of J. S. Bach's monumental Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, to C. L. Barnhouse’s classic “screamer” march, The Battle of Shiloh, that pays tribute to the veterans of the Civil War, to rich harmonies of 20th-century composer David Diamond, and further to today’s composers — Eric Whitacre, David Gillingham, Samuel Hazo, and Richard Saucedo — wind music’s history features an array of styles, colors and moods.

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