Symphonic Band Performs at Crane School of Music April 19


SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring the Crane Symphonic Band on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. 

The performance will feature works by Elgar, Ticheli, Grantham, Bryant and Aho. The program will start with “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli, followed by the United States premiere of “Tristia” by composer Kalevi Aho. The Crane Symphonic Band will also present “ImPercyNations” by Steven Bryant, “Spangled Heavens” by Donald Grantham and an arrangement of Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

About the performers:

The Crane Symphonic Band is currently conducted by Dr. Brian K. Doyle and is SUNY Potsdam’s oldest wind band. James Garfield, a 1905 Potsdam Normal School graduate, established the band as The Normal Band in 1926. Although Garfield referred to the group as the Symphonic Band as early as 1940, the ensemble went through several official name changes before Professor Harry Phillips settled permanently upon the current name. Guest conductors have included Percy Grainger, Edwin Franko Goldman, Vincent Persichetti, Captain William J. Stannard (founder of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”) and Colonel William Santlemann (U.S. Marine Corps Band, “The President’s Own”). The Symphonic Band has premiered numerous works, particularly by Crane faculty members, such as Arthur Frackenpohl, Robert Washburn and Elliot Del Borgo.

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.