John Adams High School musicians join IU South Bend Wind Ensemble

wind ensembleOn Thursday, April 18, the IU South Bend Wind Ensemble will perform pieces that represent a wide variety of music beginning with a cornerstone of wind band literature, Ralph Vaughn William’s “Folk Song Suite,” comprised of many different folk songs from the Norfolk and Somerset regions of England. The ensemble is directed by Kenneth A. Douglas.

From the opera Lohengrin, the ensemble will be performing Lucien Caillet’s transcription of Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” with all of its medieval color and pageantry.

Newly appointed Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack will be featured in Frank Ticheli’s “Angles in the Architecture,” a 2009 composition that depicts a dramatic conflict between heaven and hell. The ensemble will also be performing Vincent Persechitti’s Symphony for Band, Op. 69, which is a traditional four-movement symphony based upon relatively short, rhythmic motives that are manipulated in a variety of non-traditional ways.

The ensemble is also proud to be hosting the John Adams High School Concert Band, under the direction of Adrian Mark and Zach Myers. The John Adams’ bands consistently receive silver and gold ratings at ISSMA (Indiana State Schools of Music Association) competitions, and Adams’ students consistently participate at ISSMA State Solo Ensemble competitions and All-District Honor Bands. The John Adams Concert Band will be playing the music of Frank Ticheli, Eric Whitacre, and John Philip Sousa.

The evening will conclude with a performance of Frank Erickson’s Toccata for Band performed jointly by the IU South Bend Wind Ensemble and John Adams High School Concert Band.

Tickets for the IU South Bend Wind Ensemble are available for $5-$9.  Students and children receive a free ticket with a valid student I.D.  For more information and to buy tickets visit or call the arts box office at 574.520.4203.

IU South Bend Wind Ensemble
7:30 pm Thursday, April 18
Campus Auditorium, Northside hall
1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend
Tickets $5-$9 | free to students/children
574.520.4203 |