Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents the Eighth Annual YSU Wind & Percussion Invitational at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Featured performers include the Howland High School Symphonic Band, Gregory Rezabek, conductor, along with instrumental teachers and Dana School of Music graduates Tim Sharek and Shawn Reynolds; the South Range High School Wind Ensemble, Jeffrey DiCesare and John Veneskey, conductors; and the YSU Wind Ensemble, Stephen Gage, conductor and Dr. Kathryn Thomas Umble, flute. DiCesare, Rezabek, Sharek and Reynolds are all Dana School of Music alumni.
The students from the two high school bands will spend the day on the YSU campus working with Dana woodwind, brass and percussion faculty in master classes and in rehearsals at Stambaugh. A series of master classes will be held in Bliss Hall, fourth floor, from 1 to 3 p.m. Concurrently, students will also rehearse on stage at Stambaugh Auditorium from 2:30 to 5 p.m. They will then perform with the YSU Wind Ensemble on stage during the concert at 7 p.m. Umble, Dana Flute professor, will perform Joel Puckett’s 2010 “Shadow of Sirius for Solo Flute and Wind Ensemble” with the YSU Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble will open the program with Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and will close the concert with Arturo Marquez’s exciting “Danzon No. 2.”
Tickets are $5 each; $4 for students and senior citizens, and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 330-259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.stambaughauditorium.com. For more information, call 330-941-3636.