MARQUETTE, Mich. - Northern's symphonic band, under the direction of Stephen Grugin, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Forest Roberts Theatre.

The program will include repertoire that ranges from marches to serenades to original compositions by two of the group's members.

The band will perform Marche Militaire No. I by NNW sophomore Brandon Nelson of Ishpeming, and Fanfare for Remembrance, composed by senior Jeremiah "J.R." Clark of Sault Ste.  Marie, Mich.  Grugin said Clark's composition is a piece that displays an interesting mix of technique, including some dialogue and a part where the band members sing.

Other works slated for the concert are Blue Lake Overture by John Bames Chance, which was written about Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Mich., near the Manistee National Forest; March of the Belgian Paratroopers by Pierre Leemans; Pageant by Vincent Persichetti; the whimsical Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion by P.D.Q. Bach; Be Thou My Vision by Dave Gillingham; Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson; and Al Fresco by Karl Husa.

During a recent trip to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Grugin had a chance meeting with Husa and told the composer the NMU Symphonic Band would be performing Al Fresco.

"As part of the conversation, I said to Mr. Husa, 'There is one particularly difficult part that the band struggles through ...' and before I could even finish, he said: 'I know exactly the part; tell the saxophones they can slur the notes there,"' said Grugin.  "So you can see we are performing quite challenging pieces."

The concert is free of an admission charge.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications