Nearly 300 students performed at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
The concert featured Cal Poly's Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Mustang Marching Band in an evening of bold and powerful works for the modern wind band and the traditional stadium marching band.
The concert began with the Wind Orchestra performing John Wasson’s “American Fanfare,” Gordon Jacob’s “An Original Suite,” James Kazik’s “Eviler Elves,” and a beautiful arrangement of the traditional English folk song “The Turtle Dove” by Swiss musician Etienne Crausaz. The Wind Ensemble then performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” Percy Grainger’s “Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away,” John Mackey’s “Night on Fire,” and the new tone poem “Machu Picchu – City in the Sky” by Japanese composer Satoshi Yagisawa.
The combined forces of the Wind Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble continued the concert with music especially suited to a concert band of more than 135 performers. This portion of the concert included a special arrangement of the U.S. national anthem by American film composer John Williams, a tribute to the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key writing “The Star Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry.
The Mustang Band concluded the concert with arrangements they performed at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional favorites, the band performed popular hits such as Fall Out Boy's "Thanks for the Memories," Carlos Santana's eponymous selection from his first album, "Santana," and "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix.
Bandfest is sponsored by Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts, Music Department, and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406.