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Symphonic Wind Ensemble headlines WIBC convention

The 55-member ensemble is just one of two collegiate groups asked to perform at the annual convention for music directors and students of high school honors bands.
Nov 18, 2014

University of the Pacific's Symphonic Wind Ensemble later this week travels to Seattle for a headline performance before the prestigious and longstanding Western International Band Clinic.

The 55-member Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble led by Eric Hammer is just one of two collegiate groups asked to perform at the annual convention for music directors and students of high school honors bands founded in 1979.

"It is a fantastic honor for the ensemble to be invited to perform at this convention," said Giulio M. Ongaro, dean of Pacific's Conservatory of Music. "This is the result of the hard work by our faculty and students, and we couldn't be more pleased by the invitation. We are also so very thankful to donors and friends of the conservatory who are making this trip possible."

The ensemble leaves Thursday and returns Sunday. The trip will include performances at two high schools on Friday and the headliner performance on Saturday evening. The 50-minute concert program features faculty soloist Nicolasa Kuster, an associate professor of bassoon and the woodwinds program director, a chamber trio, and a piece commissioned from music composition graduate Tyler Combs '11.

Also scheduled is an alumni event, participation in a College Night event for 500 high school students, and a presentation by Hammer to 150 WIBC educators on "Beyond the Baton," an exploration of teaching strategies for comprehensive music learning in large ensemble.

Find out more about Pacific's bands here.