July 21, 2008

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Posted July 21, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Penn Central Wind Band will present a free concert in celebration of its 15th season on Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

William Kenny, professor of music at Bucknell, will conduct the concert, which will include music by such composers as Richard Wagner and Paul Hindemith.

A highlight of the program will be a performance of "Bucknell Fantasy," a new work by Jackson Hill, professor emeritus of music at Bucknell. The work, which weaves together several pieces associated with the University's history, will be recorded at the concert in recognition of Bucknell's contribution to the band over the past 15 years. 

Justin Hill, Lewisburg Area High School band director, will be guest conductor for "Pastime," a work based on the tune "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

The concert also will feature violin soloist Sadie Kenny performing "Meditation from Thais" and "Wabash Cannonball." A senior at Lewisburg Area High School, Sadie Kenny has been concertmaster of the school orchestra, district orchestra, and has performed with several high school honor orchestras.

Award-winning band
The Penn Central Wind Band is an all-volunteer organization based in Lewisburg that Bucknell University sponsors as a service to the region. Its members come from some 20 towns and cities from the surrounding area including State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport, Bloomsburg, Danville, Mifflinburg, and Lewisburg. More than 30 of the band's members hold music degrees and many are active music teachers and professional performers.

The band is a recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll, an award administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation "recognizing community and adult concert bands of outstanding musical excellence." The Penn Central Wind Band was just the 29th band to receive the international award since its inception in 1987.

The band has performed for conferences of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands. In addition, its Sousa-style concerts have been enjoyed by thousands throughout the Susquehanna Valley.

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