A group of music department graduates performed on Sunday as part of the URI Alumni Wind Ensemble.
The group featured a wide array of young and old URI alumn. The oldest member of the group, horn player Paul Hutchins, graduated in 1973, while the youngest, horn player Jeff Mandler, graduated earlier this year.
Sunday’s performance started with the Ensemble performing the composition “The Florentiner March” by Czech composer Julius Fucik, a piece that is very popular throughout most of Europe. They then followed with “Serenade for Band’, a five-part piece composed by Vincent Persichetti.
The next piece was “‘Awake!’, a choral number from Richard Wagner’s 1868 drama “Die Meistersinger von Numberg.” The Wagner work was followed by Pavel Tschesnokoff’s “Salvation is Created” and William Hines’ “Life Dances.”They also played pieces by Percy Aldridge Grainger.
The wind ensemble is a fairly new group compared to the other URI bands. It was established in 2011 with the mission of supporting the school’s music program, as well as the Alumni Association. Additionally, the ensemble aims to promote the music program with the potential of recruiting new students into the program. Â The band performs three times over the course of the school year.
“It’s a chance to get back in touch with some of the people you went to school with along with getting to meet those you didn’t go to school with,” said clarinetist Joseph Alberg, a 2010 graduate. “It’s mostly just to have a chance to be a part in an ensemble again, because a lot of these people are currently teaching and not playing in ensembles.”
The group is conducted by Dr. Brian Cardany, Â who also conducts URI’s Concert Band, Marching Band and Pep Bands, Â which performs three times over the course of every school year.
The ensemble is due to perform again in January. The next URI band concert will be a performance by the URI Symphony on October 18.Tickets are priced at $7 for students, and $12 for the general public.