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California Wind Band FestivalCalifornia Wind Band Festival

Wednesday, March 2–Saturday, March 5
Bands from California, Japan and Washington, D.C., will participate in the California Wind Band Festival, a four-day series of performances -- all starting at 8 p.m. -- Wednesday through Saturday, March 2–5, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.
The concerts are part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) 82nd annual convention. More than 400 members of the ABA will be joined by more than 75 members of the Japanese Band Directors Association. The ABA, founded in 1929, with John Philip Sousa as honorary life president, recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of concert band conductors and composers throughout Canada and the U.S.


Concert I: Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and the Shizuoka Community Band, "Concert Liberté," and Shimizu Wind Orchestra (Japan)

Wednesday, 3/2/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Wind Ensemble enjoys a national as well as international reputation for musical excellence. Each year, the ensemble performs several major concerts in the Performing Arts Center and often goes on national and international tours. Through numerous special invitations, the Wind Ensemble has performed in many of the world’s finest concert halls including Beethoven Hall at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, the Michael Fowler Performing Arts Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, the St. John's Smith Square in London, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The Shizuoka Community Band "Concert Liberté” was founded in 1953. As a community band, it may be the oldest band in Japan. The oldest member is 73 and the youngest is 18. Performing with this ensemble will be the Shimizu Wind Orchestra. This ensemble was founded in 1986 and is active in the various competitions held in Japan ever year. The two groups are located in towns next to each other and have a strong relationship and always help each other.

Tickets ($18 general, $12 students) - general seating


Concert II: Kansai Student Band Federation (Japan) and CSU Long Beach Wind Symphony

Thursday, 3/3/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

The Kansai Student Band Federation Concert Band of Osaka, Japan, is widely recognized throughout the world as one of the finest youth wind bands in Japan. The ensemble has toured in many countries and has a vast concert band repertoire available on iTunes. The Kansai Student Band Federation functions both as a marching band and as a concert band. Both ensembles are in great demand.

Recognized internationally as a premier wind band program, the CSULB bands have performed at many of the most prestigious venues and events across the globe. The Los Angeles Times hailed the Wind Symphony as “thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!” The wind band program’s ultimate mission is to bring the highest quality wind literature to a professional level of performance, thus engaging the listening audience.

Tickets ($18 general, $12 students) - general seating


Concert III: U.S. Army Field Band (Washington, D.C.)

Friday, 3/4/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.

Tickets (4 free tickets per household while supplies last) - general seating


Concert IV: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra and Cal Poly Pomona, Wind Ensemble

Saturday, 3/5/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra is an auditioned group comprised of music majors, minors, and non-music majors. The Wind Orchestra’s mission is to stimulate musical growth and provide performance opportunities for the Music Department’s instrumental music students while maintaining ever increasingly high standards of musicianship. Performance goals encompass the identification, performance, and appreciation of the best of wind and percussion literature.

The Cal Poly Pomona Symphonic Wind Ensemble has toured and performed at various prestigious festivals and venues throughout Southern California. This 50-member ensemble exclusively performs wind band literature deemed of the highest quality from the repertory of both traditional and contemporary styles.

Tickets ($12 general, $9 students) - general seating


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Cal Poly Open House Concert

Friday, April 15, 2016
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

After an exciting day at Cal Poly's Open House, come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Department's finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

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Cal Poly All-State Music Festival Concert

Sunday, April 17, 2016
2:30 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

This annual concert will feature California's finest high school musicians, chosen by audition to participate. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music-making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years.

  • Mike Galisatus
    • Festival Jazz Band Director
  • Eric Wilson
    • Festival Wind Orchestra Director

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

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