WMU News

Band Day brings 190 high school students to WMU

Sept. 12, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's 300-member Bronco Marching Band will host "Band Day 2001" on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will provide about 190 high school students from throughout Michigan with an opportunity to participate in clinics with WMU faculty and to perform with the Bronco Marching Band.

The day's tentative schedule includes a 9:45 a.m. rehearsal with the marching band in Waldo Stadium, lunchtime exhibits in the Dalton Center, 12:45 p.m. master classes with members of the School of Music faculty in the Dalton Center, and the grand finale -- performing with the Bronco Marching Band at the 6 p.m. football game versus Ball State University in the annual Southwest Fest contest at Waldo Stadium.

All Dalton Center events are open to the public and free of charge.

The Bronco Marching Band, commonly referred to as "The Sound of Western," has flourished under the leadership of director William Pease, growing in number from slightly over 200 members 10 years ago to more than 300 today. This season the band has performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with WMU clarinet professor Bradley Wong as soloist, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and an arrangement of swing tunes called Big Noise.

Media contact: Kevin West, 616 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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