Troy University's Campus Band to present fall concert Nov. 14

Posted: Thursday, 10 November 2011

TROY - The Troy University Campus Band will present its fall concert on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The band, consisting of 100 student members from all majors, will perform selections by American composers, including Troy University's own Robert W. Smith.

The concert will feature the "Iliad" written by Smith from his original symphony "Odyssey." Smith, a TROY graduate, is coordinator of the University's music industry program in the John M. Long School of Music, and has published more than 600 compositions.

"It is very unique that students in the band are able to see the composer and work with him to better illustrate his music in the concert," said Dr. Larry R. Blocher, the band's conductor and director of the John M. Long School of Music. "Dr. Smith is also going to talk about some motivations and stories of his composition during the concert, and it is going to be really inspiring."

Dr. Blocher will be joined in his role of conductor by graduate conducting assistants, Ashley Green and Donna Flowers.

"Two of the programs are conducted independently by graduate students. It is a great opportunity for them to experience conducting their own concert," Dr. Blocher said. "I hope the audience will recognize the hard work and time these students have put into this concert."

The event is free and open to the public.