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Cal Poly Wind Band and Jazz Band membersCal Poly Festival Showcase: The Cal Poly Bands

Friday, April 25, 2014
8 p.m., Cohan Center

Two Cal Poly music ensembles, featuring more than 90 of the university's finest student musicians, will perform a special concert as part of the 21st annual Cal Poly All-State Music Festival, and will feature the University Jazz Band I and the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble.

The University Jazz Band I, directed by Paul Rinzler, will perform a variety of favorites, including "Hit the Ground Running," by Gordon Goodwin, considered one of the most popular and respected big-band composers; and "Grass is Greener," a big-band composition that features a hip-hop beat, a psychedelic guitar solo, and more.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Andrew McMahan, will perform Julie Giroux's programmatic work "La Mezquita de Córdoba," "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" from the opera "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, and "With Heart and Voice" by David Gillingham.

The Cal Poly All-State Music Festival also includes a concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 (below), with some of the state's finest high school students directed by guest conductors.

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Members of the Festival Wind OrchestraCal Poly All-State Festival Concert

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:30 p.m., Cohan Center

The Cal Poly Music Department will host the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert, featuring some of the state’s best high school musicians.

The Festival Jazz Band director will be Mary Fettig, one of San Francisco Bay Area's most prominent saxophonists and jazz educators. An alumna of the Stan Kenton Orchestra — and the first woman to play in the band — Fettig has performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Joe Henderson, and others. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The Festival Wind Orchestra will be conducted by Thomas Lee, UCLA emeritus director of bands. During his tenure, the UCLA Wind Ensemble received international acclaim for performances at national and regional conferences and for numerous recordings. Lee has been invited to guest conduct all-state bands and music festivals in Asia, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe and the U.S.

The concert will also feature the winner of the festival’s solo competition, accompanied by pianist and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies.

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