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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Winter Pops Concert: 'Strike Up the Band!'

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Cal Poly's Winter Band Concert will feature the 65-member Wind Ensemble and 70-member Wind Orchestra.

This year the bands will present their biennial "pops concert," featuring entertaining works from all areas of popular culture written and arranged for the modern concert band.

The Wind Orchestra will open the concert with a medley of Broadway show tunes from works such as "Wicked," "Avenue Q," "Spamalot," and "The Lion King." The group will also perform 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 will close 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 will begin the second half of the concert with two original works in a jazz style by Austrian composer Otto Schwarz. The second piece, "Solo Bossa," will feature senior music major Anthony Pultz on the flugelhorn. The group will also perform selections from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," including the recognizable "Mambo," "Cha-Cha" and "Finale."

The group will close 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 will also feature guest artist and 2012 music alumnus Jonathan Withem, who will perform 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, will conduct the concert.

The Cal Poly Bands’ Winter Pops Concert does not happen every year, so be sure to put this concert on your calendar right away!

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

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Mustang Band in 2014 parade

Cal Poly Mustang Band in Chinese New Year Parade

Saturday, March 7, 2015
6 p.m., San Francisco

The Cal Poly Mustang Band has again been invited to participate in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.

Started in the 1860s by the Chinese community in San Francisco to educate and share their culture with the greater community, the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The parade was named one of the Top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association.

The Mustang Marching Band, with more than 200 members, performs for nearly 50 occasions on campus each year, including athletic events and university functions. The band performed for the Chinese New Year Parade for the first time last year and was among 15 marching bands that participated. It was awarded first place in its category.

The parade will celebrate the "Year of the Ram" with floats, dragon dancers, and other festive entries. One million attendees are expected to line the parade route, and the event will be broadcast live on local  television stations KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7.

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Laura KramerCal Poly Wind Bands' Spring Concert:

Featuring Laura Kramer, Saxophone
Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Friday, June 5, 2015
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra end their season with a concert featuring saxophonist Laura Kramer. Originally from Minersville, Penn., Kramer now resides in Los Angeles, where she performs as a member of the Noir Quartet. She also teaches classical saxophone at Cal Poly. Kramer will be the featured guest soloist in a world premiere of her new concerto for alto saxophone and band.

The program will also feature the world premiere of "Leviathan," a new work for wind ensemble written by Cal Poly music Professor Antonio Barata.

The concert will also include exciting new and traditional compositions for concert band and wind ensemble; works that showcase the talent and virtuosity of the student instrumentalists involved in the
Cal Poly band program.

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

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