WIND BANDS WINTER CONCERT: “STRIKE UP THE BAND”
Cal Poly Wind Bands presented their biennial pops concert on February 28
Cal Poly’s Winter Band Concert featuring the 65-member Wind Ensemble and 70-member Wind Orchestra took place at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 28, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
The bands presented their biennial “pops concert,” featuring entertaining works from all areas of popular culture written and arranged for the modern concert band.
The Wind Orchestra opened the concert with a medley of Broadway show tunes from works such as “Wicked,” “Avenue Q,” “Spamalot,” and “The Lion King.” The group also performed music from George Gershwin's “An American in Paris” and from the classic Stephen Spielberg movie “Hook,” starring Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, and Dustin Hoffman.
The Wind Orchestra closed its portion of the concert with a suite of symphonic marches by film composer John Williams, including music from the “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and the fanfare and theme from the 1984 Olympic Games.
The Wind Ensemble began the second half of the concert with two original works in a jazz style by Austrian composer Otto Schwarz. The second piece, “Solo Bossa,” featured senior music major Anthony Pultz on the flugelhorn. The group also performed selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” including the recognizable “Mambo,” “Cha-Cha” and “Finale.”
The group closed the concert with a trip to the movies, featuring music from the movie “Lincoln,” an excerpt from Aaron Copland’s score to “The Red Pony,” and John Williams’ music from “The Cowboys.”
The concert also featured guest artist and 2012 music alumnus Jonathan Withem, who performed a work by composer John Mackey titled “Strange Humors” with the Wind Ensemble on the djembe, a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet hand drum originally from West Africa.
Andrew McMahan, Cal Poly director of bands, and Christopher J. Woodruff, associate director of bands, were the conductors for the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra.
The Cal Poly Winter Band Concert was 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.