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Kent State Stark Concert Band Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Posted Apr. 25, 2011
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Patricia Grutzmacher

The Kent State University at Stark Department of Music will present a concert to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Kent State Stark Concert Band on Tuesday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Theatre.

The concert is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required and may be obtained by calling the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348, Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Founded in 1986 by current conductor, Patricia Grutzmacher, Ph.D., the award-winning ensemble is comprised of talented high school students, Kent State Stark faculty and students, as well as those from neighboring colleges and community members. This special event will include selections that were performed at their premiere concert 25 years ago, as well as an original piece, "The Legacy," composed for the concert band by Robert Feldbush, to commemorate this milestone occasion. The program of traditional marches and American band music will include additional selections by composers Aaron Copland, W.C. Handy, John Stafford Smith and more.

For her superior leadership as the Kent State Stark Concert Band's longtime conductor, Grutzmacher, an associate professor and coordinator of music education at Kent State University, was named as a Sudler Silver Scroll Laureate by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The accomplished ensemble has earned many awards, including the International Sudler Silver Scroll Award of Excellence for Community Concert Bands, and they have performed throughout the state at notable competitions and conferences.

For additional information about Kent State Stark Department of Music events, call 330-244-5151.