SBU's Wind Symphony, University Band to perform April 19

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Wind Symphony and the University Band in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature works by Sousa, Pich, Holst and Grainger performed by the Wind Symphony, as well as music by Margolis, Sparke, LaPlante, Oare and King to be performed by the University Band.

“This performance features music by a variety of composers, including our own Dylan Pich, saxophonist and senior music education major,” said Dr. Brian Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies. “Dylan will lead the Wind Symphony through his own original work ‘Village Suite’ as a culminating part of his Honors Capstone Project.”

The concert will open with the University Band, which is in its fifth year of performing. The ensemble consists of non-music majors from across campus, community members, music majors performing on secondary instruments and a few area high school students. The ensemble is led by Hopwood along with student conductor and senior music education major, Austin Bryant.

The Wind Symphony, SBU’s premier instrumental ensemble, will open with John Philip Sousa’s well-known “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful). Also on the program is a short musical tone poem titled, “Dusk.” Gustav Holst’s wind band repertoire cornerstone, “Second Suite in F, Op. 28 No. 2” is based entirely on material from folk songs and morris dances and will feature a variety of soloists during the four-movement work, including professor of music, Dr. Terri Wehmeyer, on euphonium.

For more information, contact Hopwood in the department of music at (417) 328-1647 or

*Published: 4-10-18