Cal Poly’s ‘Bandfest Returns!’ In-Person Concert Set for Oct. 30

Members of Cal Poly's Mustang Marching Band
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 Cal Poly students will perform in person at the university’s “Bandfest Returns!” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 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 associate director of bands. Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the Wind Ensemble. The evening will celebrate the return of sharing the beauty and power of music at Cal Poly. 

The Wind Orchestra will open the concert with Brian Balmages’ “That Which Binds Us” and Robert Sheldon’s “Beyond the Higher Skies.” Omar Thomas’ moving adaption of “Shenandoah” for the wind band will be featured on the Wind Orchestra’s set.

The Wind Ensemble will continue with Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” and Gustav Holst’s “Suite in E-flat for Military Band.”

The combined Wind Band will finish the first half of program with Karl King’s circus march “The Melody Shop.” 

“Our students are excited to be able to be back on campus, and they have a new appreciation for rehearsing together in a space that makes possible music-making that is both sensitive and powerful,” said Woodruff. “To share that renewed energy with our audience in Miossi Hall will be incredibly special!” 

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 The Beatles, Panic! at the Disco, and several popular artists featured on its “boy bands” show. 

Tickets to the event are $15 and 20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Mondaythrough Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program.

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website, or call 805-756-2406. 

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Contact: Michele Abba

Oct. 6, 2021

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