Nearly 300 students performed at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 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 Wind Orchestra performed “Alleluia! Laudamus Te” (“We Praise You”) by Alfred Reed, “On This Bright Morning” by David Maslanka, and Robert Jager’s “Third Suite.” The Wind Ensemble continued the concert with performances of “Ecstatic Fanfare” by Steven Bryant, “October” by Eric Whitacre, “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli and “The ‘Gum-Suckers’ March” by Percy Grainger. The Wind Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble then combined forces with a work especially suited to a concert band of more than 135 performers: Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture.”
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 Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and music from the James Bond and “Mission Impossible” movie series.