June 19, 2013 — The Week II Concert Band of the Band Camp for Adult Musicians at Allegheny College will perform a free gala concert on Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. No reservations or tickets are required.
Returning as the conductor of the Week II Concert Band is Colonel Timothy Foley, USMC, retired director of the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), considered one of the most prestigious posts for any military musician in the world.
During his tenure as director of the Marine Band, Foley served as music advisor to the White House and regularly conducted the band at the Executive Mansion. During his time as director, the band celebrated its 200th birthday and was the only musical organization to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
At Allegheny, Foley will lead 58 campers who have traveled from as far away as New Hampshire, Florida and California.
Instead of an individual soloist for Friday’s concert, an entire section of the band will be featured, with the clarinet section playing “The Pie in the Face Polka” by Henry Mancini.
The remainder of the program will be taken from the 31 works that the Band Camp will play throughout the week, a mix of overtures, transcriptions, original works for band, lighter numbers and marches–including marches by the most well known of the directors of the U.S. Marine Band, John Philip Sousa.
For more information on the concert or the band camp, call the college’s Office of Conference and Event Services at 814-332-3101.