Casper College Band to celebrate the music of Aaron Copland

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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The Casper College Band will celebrate the music of composer Aaron Copland at “A Copland Celebration” on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

Under the direction of Joshua R. Mietz, DMA, the concert will feature tunes from Copland and others. The lineup includes two marches by John Philip Sousa, “Resumption March” and “Manhattan Beach March,” as well as two tunes from Percy Aldridge Grainger, “Irish Tune From County Derry” and “Colonial Song.”

Music to be performed by Copland includes “Lincoln Portrait” and excerpts from “Appalachian Spring.” Copland was noted as one of the leading American classical composers of the 20th century. He composed music for films, operas, ballets, orchestras, and bands. Copland was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, the Pulitzer Prize and New York Music Critics’ Circle Award for “Appalachian Spring,” the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a special Congressional Gold Medal from the United States Congress in 1987. He also received four Academy Award nominations for best score winning for 1949’s “The Heiress.”

The Casper College Band is comprised of Jenna Farley, Ashley Terry, Delores Thornton, and Brylee Glaser on flute; Isaac Miller on oboe; Alexandra Vincent, Samantha Boutte, Dan Spangler, Tre Weant, and Hannah Kerkes on clarinet; Giselle Moreno on bass clarinet; Richard Turner on bassoon; BreNae Candelaria, Diego Cuevas, Makayla Schroeder, and Jacob Finnegan on alto saxophone; Aidan Murphy on soprano and tenor saxophone; Dylan Mazzanti on tenor saxophone; Mike Pryczynski, Virginia Hazen, and Sabrina Hamner on horn; Ozzy Ness, Marc Heward, Eternity Thunder-Tophia, and Steve Johnston on trumpet; Zachary Vreeman on trombone; Titus Vreeman on euphonium; Ethan Green on tuba; Walker Wyckoff and Kelly Vandamme on bass; Joshua Knutson on percussion; and Travian Lyman on piano.

“A Copland Celebration” is free to the public. Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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