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Cal Poly Bandfest 2016: American Masters

Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Mustang Marching Band

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
3 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

It was not until the 20th century that citizens of the U.S. began to have a significant impact on the world of art music. Since then composers Charles Ives and Percy Grainger, conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Bernstein, as well as performers Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Van Cliburn have made a clear mark on the history of classical music.

The Wind Ensemble and the Wind Orchestra pay tribute to these and other American masters. Also experience something that is uniquely American as the powerful Pride of the Pacific Mustang Marching Band fills the hall with dazzling arrangements performed at football games throughout the fall in Spanos Stadium.

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

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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Winter Concert: Music for the Moment

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Friday, March 17, 2017
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Music is perhaps the most powerful method by which a moment in time can be expressed. Great composers have used their gifts to frame a person, place or event in a way that can forever convey the emotions of those who experienced them. This will be a night to remember as the Cal Poly wind bands set the stage for an exciting concert featuring some of the most powerful musical moments ever written.

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

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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Spring Concert: Winds of Change - Music of the 21st Century

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Saturday, June 3, 2017
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The wind band is somewhat unusual in that its performers and directors tend to adore and gravitate toward "new" music. From early ensembles, such as the Sousa Band or the Goldman Band, through the era of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Tokyo Kosai Wind Orchestra, wind bands have consistently championed contemporary music. That wonderful tradition continues with a program that features works written in the 21st century. Exciting, bold, romantic, traditional, heart-warming, pleasant and intense are just some of the words that could be used to describe this incredible concert.

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

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