Symphonic Wind Ensemble Plays Homage to Veterans

By Rebecca Kendall on November 14, 2007

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The Pacific Union College Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents an “American Salute” to the pioneers and soldiers of our country this Veterans Day weekend, Saturday, November 11, at 7 p.m.

The hour-long concert will consist of a variety of well-known pieces. According to Ken Narducci, the Ensemble’s conductor for nearly 20 years, the concert is “a salute to veterans and an homage to the patriotic spirit of America.”

This patriotism extends to the composers of the presented music, most of whom were born and bred Americans. One such composer is Martin Gould, whose piece is based upon “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Similarly, a piece by William Schuman highlights the Revolutionary War song, “Chester.”

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble consists of 45 members, including PUC students, and a few faculty and staff. This concert introduces two guest conductors, John Milholland, a staff member at PUC, and Casey Leach, a music education major.