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DePauw University Sunday Band Concert to Benefit Putnam County Emergency Food Bank

The DePauw University Band, directed by Professor Craig Paré, will present its first concert of the season this Sunday—a mid-afternoon matinee on September 25 at 3 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium. For this performance, the band also invites audience members to bring one or more non-perishable food items for donation to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Any audience member presenting a food item at the box office will receive a free ticket to the University Band concert.

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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 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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