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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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DePauw Band Plans Collaborative Performance for Old Gold Weekend

"October is my favorite month," writes composer Eric Whitacre. "Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle change in light always makes me a little sentimental." This Sunday, October 5, dancers from Company Unspoken join the DePauw University Band in a performance of October, composed by Whitacre, conducted by Craig Paré and with choreography by André Williams ’15. The collaborative performance will take place over Old Gold Weekend at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located within DePauw's Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Williams was just founding his new dance company at DePauw when he received the invitation to choreograph October. Nonetheless, he says when Dr. Paré proposed the idea of a joint performance it was truly an offer he could not refuse.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing professor and influence on my life. When coming up with the choreography, I focused primarily on capturing Whitacre’s description of the piece and, after listening a great deal, took myself back to what I remember most about fall during my own childhood," the senior observes.

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