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Cameron/Lawton Community Band unites community musicians with CU students

Talented musicians from across southwest Oklahoma will join Cameron University student musicians for a recital by the Cameron/Lawton Community Band on Sunday, October 17. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military members and non-CU students. Cameron students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU I.D. To reserve tickets, call 580-581-2346. Facial coverings are strongly encouraged; seating is limited.

“Each number in the repertoire was selected for the performance strengths of this particular ensemble,” says Dr. Jim Lambert, conductor.

The concert will start with John Philip Sousa’s “The Dauntless Battalion,” originally titled “The Pennsylvania Military College March.” Sousa, who composed the piece after receiving an honorary doctorate from the Pennsylvania Military College in 1920, dedicated the composition to the faculty and cadets of the institution. The version presented by the ensemble was edited by Andrew Glover.

Bizet’s “Farandole,” from the composer’s “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2,” will follow. Contemporary composer Jay Bocook arranged it from its original orchestral version to a concert band version in 2002.

James Curnow’s “To Fly Without Wings” is next on the program, following by Timothy Mahr’s “Appalachian Folk Dream.”

Audience members will recognize “Caravan,” a classic jazz standard composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, who first performed it in 1936. The Cameron/Lawton Community Band will present an arrangement by Richard Saucedo.

Sousa’s “The Fairest of the Fair,” a rousing march composed in 1908, will be followed by the ever-popular “Armed Forces Salute,” arranged by “Bob Lowden. The finale is an energetic tribute to American military and service forces.



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