GWU Symphonic Band Concert Features Solo by 2015 Alumna Bonnie Scruggs

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Program on Nov. 27 Includes Marches, Overtures and Contemporary Works

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University Symphonic Band welcomes a 2015 alumna as a special guest for its concert Nov. 27. Cellist Bonnie Scruggs, band director at Crest High School in Shelby, N.C., will be performing “Tramonto,” a romanza piece for cello and wind ensemble by Luis Alarcon. The free event is open to the public and will be held at 8 p.m. in Dover Theatre inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center.

The band’s conductor, Dr. Mark Cole, associate professor of music, is excited to have Scruggs back on stage. “We have been talking about her soloing with the band ever since she graduated, and we are finally getting the chance,” he asserted.

“The Symphonic Band is made up of students from all over campus, both music majors and non-music majors, with a few community members as well,” Cole continued. “They work extremely hard, and this concert is primarily works that show off the various kinds of things bands have been asked to perform for a century—stately British marches, romantic comedy overtures, and contemporary works that feature the very unique sound of the wind ensemble.”

Songs like Sir William Walton’s “Crown Imperial,” Mark Camphouse’s “Yosemite Autumn” and Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts” are included on the program.

New members are always welcome to join the Symphonic Band for rehearsals. For more information, email mcole1@gardner-webb.edu or call 704-406-4448.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-2155 or email disabilityservices@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

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