July 18, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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William KennyThe Penn Central Wind Band will present its final concert of the summer season on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Admission is free.

The program includes many great band compositions including classic pieces by Percy Grainger, John Barnes Chance, and Karl King.

The band also will perform Boris Kozhevnikov's third symphony. Kozhevnikov was a Soviet-era composer of a number of great works for band that were unknown to the West until recent years.

The band is one of the premier performing ensembles in the region. Its members comprise professional musicians from Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg, Lewisburg, Danville, Williamsport, and State College. Most hold music degrees, and many are music teachers and professional performers.

The band, sponsored by Bucknell University as a service to the region, is conducted by William Kenny, professor of music and chair of the department of music at Bucknell.

The band is one of a few select ensembles that that have received the Sudler Silver Scroll, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation recognizing community and adult concert bands of outstanding musical excellence.

Other honors include invitations to perform for the conference of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands.