APRIL 27, 2006 — MUNCIE, IND. — The University Schools Band on the campus of Ball State University will feature the premiere performance of An American Fanfare by Daniel M. Reck on on Sunday, May 7, 2006.
"The director has been asking me to write a piece for the band for over a year,” says Reck, who is composer-in-residence forthe University Schools Band. “It is very exciting to explore music with these talented young people."
Band director Brad Meyerdierks says, "The piece evokes a very Americana feeling with an almost Copland-esque sound."
In the performance, An American Fanfare will transitiondirectly into the popular and moving Jack Stamp arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner, which is subtitled "A Love Song for our Country." In addition to conducting these two works, Reck will also lead the performance of David Holsinger’s On aHymnsong of Philip Bliss.
The University Schools Band is composed of students from the Burris Laboratory School and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, where Reck works professionally with gifted and talented high school students as a Student Life Counselor. Also on the program is Eric Whitacre’s October, “Fiesta” from Symphonic Dance No. 3 by Clifton Williams, three movements of Suite Française by Darius Milhaud, David Ian Clerget’s new work called Firefly, and Alexandre Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique, which will feature student trombonist Matt Cory.
The performance, held in Pruis Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University, will begin at 2:00 PM on May 7. The concert is free and open to the public. In addition to his work as an independent music composer and graphic artist at forzandoArts, Reck is also the Director of the Tiger Alumni Bands at DePauw University, where he is a 2003 graduate.