Concert Band and Symphonic Band to perform March 2 in Eisenhower Auditorium

February 23, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Concert Band and Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in Eisenhower Auditorium. The performance will feature works by Percy Grainger, Donald Grantham, Gustav Holst, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Norman Dello Joio.

The Concert Band is conducted by Gregory Drane and Corey Pompey. The Symphonic Band is conducted by Dennis Glocke. Corey Pompey appears as guest conductor with the Symphonic Band.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $4 for students. Ticket purchases made in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium are eligible for a 40 percent discount, and there is no limit on the number of tickets that may be purchased. Purchases made the day of the concert are not eligible for the discount. Tickets are available at any Arts Ticket Center location, by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX, or online at the Penn State Arts Ticket Center. The concert will also be available via live stream at the Penn State School of Music website.


Concert Band

  • Kirkpatrick Fanfare - Andrew Boysen Jr.
  • Irish Tune from County Derry - Percy Grainger, edited by R. Mark Rogers
  • Canzona - Peter Mennin
  • Sheltering Sky - John Mackey
  • A Moorside Suite - Gustav Holst

Symphonic Band

  • The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare - Percy Grainger
  • Molly on the Shore - Grainger
  • Spangled Heavens - Donald Grantham (Corey Pompey, conductor)
  • Trauermusik - Richard Wagner
  • Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn - Norman Dello Joio*

*This year marks the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes. The first Pulitzer Prize for music was awarded in 1943 to William Schuman. Penn State School of Music faculty, students and ensembles will perform a variety of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers during the 2016-17 season. Norman Dello Joio won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his string composition titled "Meditations on Ecclesiastes."

The Concert Band performs the finest in traditional and contemporary literature composed or transcribed for the concert band medium. It performs concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium. The Concert Band is open to all students, regardless of major. An audition is required in the spring semester, but not in the fall. Spring semester auditions take place during the first week of classes.

The Symphonic Band is a select band that utilizes the full resources of the large wind/percussion ensemble to perform outstanding works from the concert band repertory. Members of the 80-piece ensemble are selected by audition during the first week of classes each semester. The Symphonic Band presents several concerts each semester in the 2,600-seat Eisenhower Auditorium. Like all Penn State bands, the Symphonic Band is open to all students, regardless of major.

Last Updated February 23, 2017