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Symphonic Band offers ‘No Ordinary Concert’

The Pittsburg State University Symphonic Band’s upcoming concert is so different from anything they’ve performed in the past that the only way Director Doug Whitten can think to describe it is, “No Ordinary Band Concert.”

The Pittsburg State University Symphonic Band’s upcoming concert is so different from anything they’ve performed in the past that the only way Director Doug Whitten can think to describe it is, “No Ordinary Band Concert.”

The band will present its eclectic spring program at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Whitten said the program ranges from loud percussion pieces inspired by heavy metal drummer Jon Bonham to subtle tangos by Astor Piazzola. Youngsters will recognize the classic “Peter and the Wolf,” with narration by John Ross. The band’s salute to jazz, meanwhile, will feature soloist Rusty Jones in a beautiful ballad.

“As rich and wonderful as the concert band tradition is, I really wanted to try something out of the ordinary,” Whitten said of the unusual program.

The PSU Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned ensemble comprised of students from nearly every academic major on campus. The band rehearses two hours each week and serves as a musical and social outlet for the entire campus community.

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