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    Cal U faculty member conducts a band during a concert.Cal U faculty member conducts a band during a concert.

    Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band

    More than 100 of the commonwealth’s top collegiate musicians will perform together when California University of Pennsylvania hosts the 65th annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band.

    Hear the 2010 band.

    The band festival begins on March 9 at Cal U, when students from 23 colleges and universities unpack their instruments and begin rehearsals in Steele Hall.

    It concludes with a symphonic band concert at 2:30 p.m. March 11 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

    The performance is free and open to the public.

    The band will be led by guest conductor Frank B. Wickes, former Carruth Alumni Professor and Director of Bands at Louisiana State University. Wickes has conducted more than 40 all-state bands and has led music clinics throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and South America.

    “These student musicians are at the top of their game,” says Max Gonano, chair of the Music Department and director of bands at Cal U. “The music they play is challenging, and under the direction of a world-class conductor, they will give the performance of their lives."

    Band members by school

    Band members by instrument

    Concert selections

    The band will perform:

    • The National Anthem, by Francis Scott Key, arranged by Edward J. Madden
    • Salute to the P.M.E.A., by Arthur D. Davenport
    • Chester (Overture), by William Schuman
    • The Diplomat (March), by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Frank Byrne
    • Festive Overture, by Dimitri Shostakovich, arranged by Donald Hunsberger
    • Italian Rhapsody, by Julie Giroux
    • Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, arranged by John Krance

    About the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band

    Founded in 1948, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band is the oldest continually operating band of its kind in the United States.

    Each year students from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are nominated by their band director and chosen to participate by a selection committee.

    A nationally known guest conductor is selected, and a challenging program of music is chosen.

    A different Pennsylvania university is chosen to host the event each year.

    For one weekend in March, student musicians and their band directors travel to the host school for two days of intensive rehearsals. Their work begins on Friday and culminates in a recorded concert on Sunday.

    Cal U performers

    Seven Cal U students have been selected to perform with the 2012 Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band.  
    Evelyn Schwer, flute
    Lee Romich, tenor clarinet
    Chris Campus, trumpet
    Eric Tito, euphonium
    Steve Michel, trombone
    Brad Harman, tuba
    Kirill Tyulkov, celeste

    Faculty member Kathy Sacco will play piano.

    Attend the band concert at Cal U

    The Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band performs at 2:30 p.m. March 11 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. The performance is free, and the public may attend.

    Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

    Directions to Cal U and campus map

    Parking at Cal U

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    Portrait of Marty Sharer.“Our audience is in for a real treat.”
    Marty Sharer, co-host and associate director of bands
    at Cal U.