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Get a 20% discount when purchasing to four or more Music Department events sold through the Cal Poly Ticket Office. New! Cal Poly faculty and staff receive 20% discount for any Music Department event sold through the ticket office.

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Mustang BandCal Poly Bandfest

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center

Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest!

The concert will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Mustang Band in an evening of works ranging from the sublime to the powerful. The combined forces of three groups will open the concert with Stephen Montague’s “Intrada, 1631.”

The Wind Orchestra’s set will include Kim Archer’s “Awakenings,” Julie Giroux’ “Let Your Spirit Sing” and Gustav Holst’s Suite in E flat. 

The Wind Ensemble will continue the program with several works to showcase the wind band medium. “Distanced” is part of composer Alex Shapiro’s response to the COVID-19 protocols under which many musical organizations continued to meet during the height of the pandemic. “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager will offer a celebration of the bond that sustained arts organizations through the struggles of the last several years. Giovanni Santos’ new work, “Chavez, 1927” celebrates the life and work of civil rights activist and leader Cesar Chavez. 

“This season we’re exploring the acoustic possibilities of Miossi Hall,” Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said. “We expect Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron’s presentation of Montague’s innovative score will enchant the audience. And overall, the program will fill every corner of the concert hall with joyful sound.”

The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional school songs, the band will perform music by Lizzo and Green Day. 

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students)

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Cuesta Wind EnsembleCal Poly Wind Bands: 'Bandemonium'

Sunday, March 5, 2023
3 p.m., Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Bands welcome Jennifer Martin and the Cuesta Wind Ensemble for a program that will feature three collegiate ensembles — separate and combined — in works inspired by theatrical stage and screen.

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students)

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Appian WayCal Poly Wind Bands Spring Concert: 'Pines'

Saturday, May 20, 2023
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center

We celebrate music with our audiences through this final concert of the Cal Poly Bands’ season!

Music can transport the listener to another time, another place through melody, timbre and orchestration. The works presented evoke historic imagery, of spaces near and far.
Composers featured on this program include Viet Cuong, Norman Dello Joio and Karel Husa. The Wind Ensemble will close the program with Ottorino Respighi's massive tone poem "Pines of Rome."

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students)

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