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UW Bands Concert Kicks Off Festival of Winds Feb. 22

February 15, 2018

The University of Wyoming Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will kick off UW’s Festival of Winds Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets cost $10 for the public; $7 for faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $6 for students. Tickets are available at the Wyoming Union information desk and the Performing Arts box office, by calling (307) 766-6666 or going online at

The “Wind Dancing” concert will feature UW’s two top concert bands: the Symphonic Band, conducted by Bryan Raya, associate director of bands, with guest conductor Herbert Herrera; and the Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Belser, director of bands.

Concert repertory will include “Amparito Roca March,” by Jaime Texidor; “Satiric Dances,” by Norman Dello Joio; “Armenian Dances,” by Alfred Reed; and “Suite” from “MASS,” by Leonard Bernstein, featuring the UW Faculty Brass Quintet -- Scott Meredith and Josh Lundquist, trumpets; Katherine Smith, horn; Dan Watts, trombone; and Alan Harvey, tuba.

An annual event, UW’s Festival of Winds provides select high school students from a tri-state area with the opportunity to attend concerts by UW ensembles; participate in classes led by the UW wind and percussion studies faculty; interact with UW music majors; and perform in an honor band concert, which will conclude the festival Saturday, Feb. 24.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email

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