Troy University Symphony Band Presents A Salute to Our Nation’s Veterans Concert

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2008

MONTGOMERY – The Troy University Symphony Band has scheduled its annual musical salute to U.S. Veterans for Tuesday, Nov 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The Symphony Band, a concert ensemble of 80 players – most of whom are music majors, is under the baton of Director of Bands Mr. Ralph Ford. Conductor Ralph Ford will present a wide selection of repertoire that will include the music of American Composer John Williams, marches by John Phillip Sousa and Karl King, and the Symphony in B Flat by Paul Hindemith.

The Symphony Band will be joined by the vocal group, The Patriots, to perform such traditional favorites as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful.” Dr. Michael Hix, of the Long School of Music faculty will also be featured with the winds in a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs.” Conductor Emeritus, Dr. Johnny Long, will close the concert with the official march of the United States, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The concert is the first event for Troy University Davis Theatre’s University Series of events that showcases the talent of various Troy University student and faculty ensembles, according to Dr. Kristen Koehler, director for the Theatre.

The Symphony Band will continue the tradition of presenting a medley of the service songs that represent each arm of our military. Veterans and families of veterans in the audience will be asked to stand when the song representing their branch of service is played.

Single tickets are now available for purchase. The ticket price is $10. In appreciation for the military stationed in Montgomery, a $5 discount will be given to all military personnel with valid identification. For more information regarding ticket availability, please call the Theatre at 334-241-9567. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 12 noon. All productions for the University Series are presented in Troy University’s Davis Theatre, which is located in downtown Montgomery at 251 Montgomery Street, and have a 7 p.m. curtain time unless noted.