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McLouth High musicians to perform in honor band at Baker University

February 13, 2012

More than 100 area high school musicians — including representatives from McLouth High School — will participate in the 14th annual Honor Band Festival on Thursday at Baker University in Baldwin City.

The band’s work that day will culminate with a 7 p.m. concert in Rice Auditorium on the BU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Joining musicians from MHS are fellow musicians from these high schools: Atchison, Baldwin, Bonner Springs, Burlington, Central Heights, Fort Scott, Jayhawk-Linn, Jefferson West, Olathe Northwest, Osawatomie, Ottawa, Royal Valley, St. Marys and Wellsville.

Anthony Purcell, director of bands at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, will instruct the musicians throughout the day.

This concert will feature the Baker University Symphonic Winds under the baton of Raymond James Jr., director of bands at Baker. Purcell will direct the high school honor band.

The honor band will perform “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa /ed. Fennell; “Chorale and Shaker Dance II” by Zdechlik; “Earthdance” by Sweeney; “Declaration Overture” by Claude T. Smith; “Balladair” by Frank Erickson; and “Animatus Eventus (in manuscript) by Fernandez.

The Baker University Symphonic Winds will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner, arr. by Jack Stamp; “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed; “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger; "76 Trombones” by Meredith Wilson/Iwai; and “Home on the Range” by Ralston/Barnes.

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