Southeast Bands Presenting ‘War and Peace’ April 29 in Bedell Performance Hall



April 14, 2010 – The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present their final wind band concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.  

The Southeast Wind Symphony will perform under the baton of Robert Conger, and the Southeast Concert Band will be directed by several Southeast music education students. The concert also will feature ‘talking program notes’ with Paul Thompson as narrator, making it possible to learn about the music as well as hear a great concert.  

Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony will perform a variety of major works composed for wind band including an unusual march, a piece written in the atypical time signature of five beats per measure, as well as a piece featuring the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.   “Commando March” was composed by the great American composer Samuel Barber in 1943 when he was attached to an Army Air Corps band unit.  The structure of this march is unusual in that it doesn’t follow the standard ‘march’ formula (ala John Philip Sousa).   Instead, Barber presents the melody in a variety of instruments and uses brass fanfares in between each presentation of it. 

Another work to be performed is “Mars, the Bringer of War” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst.   This movement is composed in the odd time signature of five beats per measure throughout.   Holst completed “Mars” in 1914 just prior to World War I and structured the work with a relentless ostinato underneath the angular melody which regularly crosses over the barline.  The Wind Symphony also will perform four short movements of “Pineapple Poll,” a reorchestration by Charles Mackerras of his favorite portions of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.  This piece is delightfully tuneful, and full of the playful character which is always evident in the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan.  “Divertimento for Band” (1951) by Vincent Persichetti is a wonderful collection of short movements entitled “March,” “Song,” “‘Dance” and “Burlesque.”  Another major American composer will be featured with “Down a Country Lane” (1962) by Aaron Copland.  This work is made up of music originally written for a U.S. Office of War film documentary, and has been transcribed by Melvin Patterson for the wind band.

Concert Band

The Southeast Concert Band will be led by senior music education majors Geoff Huff, Jennifer Miller, Nichole Hotop, Tyler Willis and Robert Davis.   These students have had the opportunity to rehearse the concert band in preparation for this concert as part of their experiential learning.   They will perform works by Steven Reinecke, Percy Grainger, Charles Carter and John McKay. 



May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased online at, keyword “band concert” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.