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CCU to host honor band and scholarship festival

January 19, 2011

Coastal Carolina University will host the 4th-annual Coastal Honor Band and Scholarship Festival, a four-day event from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30. The Festival Wind Ensemble and the Coastal Honor Band, comprised of more than 100 high school students from South Carolina and the eastern United States, will present a finale concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30 in Wheelwright Auditorium.

The CCU Symphonic Band, CPan Steel Band, CCU Samba Bateria, Sax Ensemble and Coastal Flute Choir will also perform a Coastal Spectrum2 concert Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium.

CCU music professors will also present a faculty recital featuring excerpts from large works and etudes at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 in Wheelwright Auditorium. Amy Tully (flute), Jesse Willis (percussion), Tonya Propst (horn), Dan OReilly (sax), Matthew Shrewsbury (trombone) and others will perform as part of the festival.

All three concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are required.

Students will be selected for the honor band based on recommendation of their high school band director. Students participating in the event rehearse together for two days prior to the public concert. During the weekend, seniors are offered an opportunity to audition for music and band scholarships to CCU. Scholarship winners will be announced during the honor band concert on Saturday.

The Coastal Honor Band will be conducted by world-renowned conductor David Romines, is director of bands at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Ramines has guest conducted throughout the United States and in Canada, Italy and South Korea. He was also director of the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band for fours years. He led the Redcoats band on a tour of China, introducing the American style of marching band by presenting marching exhibitions in five Chinese cities. These events marked the first stadium performances by an American collegiate marching band and was the largest foreign musical tour to ever to tour in China.

The Festival Wind Ensemble will be conducted by award winning conductor Andre Feagin, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at the University of Texas at El Paso.

As a conductor, Feagin has made many appearances across the United States and is the former brass caption head and third year staff member of the six-time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, Calif.

For more information, contact Matthew Shrewsbury, assistant director of bands, at 843-349-2775.