Cameron University Concert Band and 77th Army Band unite for free concert

The Cameron University Concert Band and Fort Sill's 77th Army Band will present a combined concert on Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The concert will feature a combination of American military band classics and other popular concert pieces. Admission is free.

The Cameron University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Claudio Re, and the 77th Army Band is conducted by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bridgette Brenmark.

“The 77th Army Band is thrilled to be working with the Cameron University music program once again for a joint spring concert,” says Brenmark, who is in her third year as Commander for the 77th Army Band. “This has been a tradition for over 40 years.  It is a great opportunity for our musicians to sit beside students and community members to play wonderful music.  We often get the opportunity to play literature together that we wouldn't have the instrumentation to do otherwise.  The best part is that we get to share our collaboration with the gracious people of Lawton-Fort Sill.”

The repertoire for the concert will include “Thunder and Blazes (Entry of the Gladiators)” by Julius Fučik, “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff, “Suite in F for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “Diamond Tide” by Viet Cuong, “Inglesina” by Davide Delle Cese, and “Tramonto” by Louis Serrano Alarcón.

“We are pleased to feature guest soloist Kirsten Underwood on cello for ‘Tramonto,’” says Re. “Originally a romanza for cello and piano, we will present the arrangement for cello and wind ensemble. The piece was inspired by a painting by José Morea titled ’Tramonto en-con Palinuro’ evoking a melancholy dusk in Palinuro, Italy.”

Known as “The Pride of Fort Sill,” the 77th Army Band was constituted on March 1, 1907 as the 13th Band, Coast Artillery and activated at Fort Du Pont, Delaware. After World War I, it was reorganized and re-designated as the Band Section, Headquarters Battery, 16th Coast Artillery at Fort Armstrong, Territory of Hawaii. On 1927, it was withdrawn from Headquarters Battery and re-designated as the Band, 16th Coast Artillery. For the next 30 or so years, it was reorganized, re-designated, inactivated and re-activated on numerous occasions. On February 24, 1955, the 77th Army Band was activated at Fort Sill. The 77th Army Band is known nationwide and has performed at numerous special events across the country, recently supporting the State Funeral of former President George H.W. Bush in Houston, Texas.

The Cameron University Concert Band, composed of Cameron students, performs at numerous events throughout the academic year. The ensemble is open to music majors, minors and non-music students.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

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February 18, 2019