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Cal Poly Wind Bands to Present ‘All Hail, Green and Gold!’ Concert on June 2

Cal Poly Wind Bands including members of the Alumni Symphonic Band  on stage at the Performing Arts Center

Contact: Michele Abba

Concert will feature Alumni Symphonic Band with more than 100 members

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Wind Bands’ spring concert and season finale will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Performing Arts Center.

The “All Hail, Green and Gold!” concert features the return of the Alumni Symphonic Band.

“We are delighted to welcome back our band alumni on stage, some dating back to the 1950s,” said Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff. “The last time we gathered like this was in 2016 to celebrate the bands’ centennial.”

The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will open the program with several works.

The Wind Ensemble will play David Maslanka’s “A Child’s Garden of Dreams,” inspired by the dreams of a young girl prior to her passing. “It has a complex, moving narrative, kind of like ‘The Twilight Zone’ meets ‘Fantasia,’” said trumpeter Alonzo Morales, a physics major from Campbell, California.

The Wind Orchestra will perform Stephen Bryant’s “Dusk,” a lyrical, chorale-like work that simultaneously captures the reflective calm and fiery hues of sunset.

The Alumni Symphonic Band open its set with the boisterous “Adventures” by Ayatey Shabazz and will close with Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.”

Flutist Virginia Urbach (English, ’69) was excited when she received the invitation to perform in the alumni band.

“My husband, Roy (Electronic Engineering, ’69), and I met while in band in 1967 and can’t wait to rehearse and perform at Cal Poly again,” Urbach said.

The concert will be conducted by Woodruff, Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron, and Director of Bands Emeritus William V. Johnson.

Tickets are $15 and $20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program.

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website,
email or call 805-756-2406.