Purdue Summer Band Concert offers easy listening
Irish tunes, old-time gospel melodies and Broadway music offer variety to the Purdue Summer Band's annual outdoor concert set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at Slayter Center on the Purdue campus
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and/or blankets for lawn seating. Admission is free.
Each summer, Purdue University Bands pulls together college students, Purdue faculty and staff members, high school students and community musicians for an intensive band experience. The musicians rehearse for a month with Jay Gephart, director of the Purdue's Symphonic Band and Orchestra, then present an outdoor concert. This year's band boasts 60 members from teenagers to octogenarians.
Matching the diversity in ages, Gephart plans a diverse musical feast.
"Bye Bye Birdie" brings the rambunctious nature of Broadway musicals to the concert while "Amazing Grace" and "An Irish Rhapsody" effectively offer a musical counterpoint.
Other tunes, written specifically for concert band, include "Cloudsplitter," "Country Bandstand," "Big Band Bash" and "The Drum Major's Daughter Overture."
For more information on this concert, or other events at Purdue Bands call 494-0770.