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CCU Symphonic Band hosts spring concert

April 13, 2007

Coastal Carolina University's Symphonic Band will present its annual spring concert on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. The ticket cost is $8 for general admission and $6 for CCU alumni and senior citizens. Coastal students, faculty and staff are allowed free tickets with a CCU ID.

Coastal music professor and pianist Gary Stegall will perform David Gillingham's "Concerto for Piano, Percussion & Wind Orchestra. The "Coastal Overture," a piece by Steve Reistetter that premiered in 2005 as part of CCU's 50th anniversary, will be performed in honor of President Ron Ingle's retirement. "Inaugural Fanfare," a piece written by CCU music professor William Hamilton in 1993 to commemorate Coastal's becoming an independent institution, will also be performed.

In addition, guest conductor Erica Neidlinger will lead Coastal's symphonic band in Percy Graigner's "Ye Banks & Braes O' Bonnie Doon."

Erica J. Neidlinger is assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she serves as conductor of the University Concert Band, associate conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and director of the Marching Mavericks. She earned her Ph.D. in music education with wind conducting emphasis at the University of Minnesota.

The symphonic band is led by James Tully, assistant professor and director of bands at Coastal. He is the founding director of the Coastal Carolina University Band Program. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in wind band conducting from West Virginia University. Tully also earned a doctorate degree in education from the University of Memphis.

Tickets for the concert are available at Wheelwright Box Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or 90 minutes prior to the concert at the venue. For more information, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.