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DePauw University Band's Ninth CD, United Artists, is Released

United Artists Cover Artwork

The DePauw University Band, conducted by Craig Paré, proudly announces the release of its ninth compact disc, United Artists.  As with three of its previous CDs (Toccata Festiva, Brooklyn Bridge and Starsplitter), this newest release will be distributed on the Mark Masters label. United Artists was recorded April 24-27, 2014 in DePauw’s Kresge Auditorium.

“Being issued by the Mark Masters label is an honor,” says Dr. Paré. “The distinction means that we have not only been recognized for the high quality of our performances, but that we will also be distributed around the world alongside professional ensembles such as the United States Marine Band, ‘The President’s Own,’ the United States Air Force Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. The quality of our students’ performances is also a testament to the excellent teaching that takes place each day in the DePauw School of Music.”


Band and Orchestra Perform Prof. Jim Beckel's Music, Nov. 23–24

Members of the community have two opportunities to hear the music of DePauw School of Music professor of trombone James A. Beckel Jr., when the University Band and the University Orchestra feature music composed by Beckel in back-to-back concerts. The two performances -- in the Green Center for the Performing Arts' Kresge Auditorium -- will be given on Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. and on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.

This weekend, when Craig Paré leads the University Band in the ensemble’s last concert of the fall semester, Robert Danforth, DePauw music professor and principal horn of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will be the featured soloist on Beckel’s Pulitzer Prize–nominated concerto for horn, The Glass Bead Game. The critically acclaimed work, now considered a part of the standard horn repertoire, is loosely based on the Herman Hesse novel of the same name. Samuel Barber’s Commando March, his first piece for band, is also on Sunday’s program, along with Ron Nelson’s Lauds and Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry and redeem that item for a free concert ticket.


Jazz Ensemble Welcomes New Director at Season Opening Concert

Jazz lovers are invited to be on hand as Steven Snyder makes his debut as the new director of the DePauw Jazz Ensemble in its first concert of the season on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium.

Snyder, who comes to DePauw University School of Music from his previous teaching post at Morehead State, says he is thrilled to be at DePauw and is excited about the band’s first concert. “I absolutely love it here.  In addition to teaching the Jazz Ensemble, which is our big band, I have three combos, which vary in size from five to eight players. I’m teaching jazz history class, and I am working with Jazz at the Duck, booking performers and playing there quite often.”