There is a SymphWinds performance this Saturday, May 8th, @ 8PM entitled “Aftershocks.” What’s really cool about this performance is that almost all the music is composed by students, faculty, and alumni, especially featuring two pieces by David Kechley, the chair of the music department.

Written for the Opus Zero Band’s recent performance tour to Pennsylvania, Rush is a taut, lean, exhilarating work for only 13 players, showcasing the ensemble’s individual and collective virtuosity in a brief, but exhilarating romp. BANG!, on the other hand, is a massive, muscular, piece for large wind ensemble; written for, and premiered in 2005, by the Symphonic Winds, BANG! unleashes the power and intensity (as well as subtle beauties) of the modern wind band.

I’m playing the synth part in BANG!, so I can say that the song is pretty cool sounding. My part is lame though–I count 90% of the time and play single chords the rest of the time.

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