Cal Poly Bandfest Concert with Boston Brass Set for Nov. 15

Nicholas P. WaldronSAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 Cal Poly students will be joined by Boston Brass at the university’s annual Bandfest concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The show will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra. The Wind Orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas P. Waldron, Cal Poly’s new associate director of bands (pictured). Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the Wind Ensemble. The evening will feature works ranging from the sublime to the powerful.

Members of Boston Brass — acclaimed for their musical brilliance, lively repartee, humor and personality — tour internationally and appear in over 100 annual solo and group performances for concerts, educational clinics, and jazz festivals. The group regularly performs with orchestras, wind ensembles, brass bands, marching bands and a variety of other ensembles. 

Bandfest will begin with the Wind Orchestra’s performance of John Mackey’s “Until the Scars” and Ron Nelson’s “Courtly Airs and Dances.” The Wind Ensemble will continue with Roshanne Etezady’s “Shoutout” and Robert Kurka’s satirical suite from “The Good Soldier Schweik.”

Boston Brass will join the two bands with their arrangements of “Malagueña” and “Pluto: The Lost Planet.”

“We’re opening our season with a real bang,” said Woodruff. “We have Boston Brass on board to work with our students and present an amazing program. We’re also fortunate to welcome our alumni back for Homecoming weekend with this concert.”

The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional school songs, the band will perform music by Blood, Sweat and Tears; Blue Swede; and The Who.

Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public, and $9 and $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website

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Contact: Michele Abba

October 18, 2019

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