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KU Wind Ensemble to perform Veteran’s Tribute concert at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble will give a special performance in tribute to veterans of the United States military at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Please call 816-994-7222 for ticket information. The event is sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

The patriotic themed program will include Wild Blue Yonder by James Barnes, KU professor of music composition, “Epitaphs” and “Marches” from Symphony No. 4 by Morton Gould, Commando March by Samuel Barber, The Alcotts by Charles Ives, All Those Endearing Young Charms, traditional arrangement by Simone Mantia featuring euphonium soloists Sarah Miller and Albert Miller, Semper Fidelis and The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, Band of Brothers by Michael Kamen, and Armed Forces Medley, arrangement by Thomas Knox. The Wind Ensemble will be led by conductor Paul W. Popiel, KU Director of Bands, and guest conductors Capt. Michelle A. Rakers Assistant Director of “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band and Sharon Toulouse, KU Assistant Director of Bands.

Guest conductor Captain Michelle A. Rakers joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 1998 as a trumpeter/cornetist. She was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a First Lieutenant in July 2004 and promoted to her current rank by the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Michael W. Hagee on Jan. 1, 2006. She is both the first female Assistant Director and first female commissioned officer in the history of “The President’s Own.”

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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