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Wind Bands and Mustang Band to Present Bandfest Concert on Nov. 4

Contact: Michele Abba


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly's annual Bandfest at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center.

Cal Poly band on stage
The Cal Poly Mustang Band at the 2018 Bandfest concert.

The concert will feature Cal Poly's Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Mustang Band in an evening of works ranging from the sublime to the powerful. The combined forces of three groups will open the concert with Stephen Montague's "Intrada, 1631."

The Wind Orchestra’s set will include Kim Archer's "Awakenings, Julie GirouX' "Let Your Spirit Sing" and Gustav Holst's Suite in E flat.

The Wind Ensemble will continue the program with several works to showcase the wind band medium. "Distanced" is part of composer Alex Shapiro’s response to the COVID-19 protocols under which many musical organizations continued to meet during the height of the pandemic. "Esprit de Corps" by Robert Jager will offer a celebration of the bond that sustained arts organizations through the struggles of the last several years. Giovanni Santos' new work, "Chavez, 1927" celebrates the life and work of civil rights activist and leader Cesar Chavez.

"This season we're exploring the acoustic possibilities of Miossi Hall," Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said. “We expect Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron's presentation of Montague's innovative score will enchant the audience. And overall, the program will fill every corner of the concert hall with joyful sound."

The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional school songs, the band will perform music by Lizzo and Green Day.

Tickets to the event 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.