Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 15, 2008

Whitworth Wind Symphony Concert April 26 to Feature U.S. Army Field Band Saxophonist

Who: The Whitworth Wind Symphony

What: Spring concert, "Sea to Shining Sea"

When: Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m.

Where: Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University

Cost: $5 general admission. Free for students with I.D. and senior citizens. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony concert, "Sea to Shining Sea," will feature alumnus and SSgt. David Parks, U.S. Army Field Band alto saxophonist, who will perform Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, by Ingolf Dahl. Parks, a 2002 Whitworth alumnus, was recently appointed to the saxophone section of the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. The Field Band is the Army's premier touring ensemble; its members are selected through a highly competitive national audition process. Other concert selections include Rocky Point Holiday, by Ron Nelson; October, by Eric Whitacre; Zion, by Dan Welcher; and New England Triptych, by William Schuman.

Parks is a former student of Sylvia Baker, who is retiring after 40 years as adjunct professor of saxophone at Whitworth. Baker was principle saxophonist for the Spokane Symphony for 28 years and has played for the Civic Theatre Orchestra in more than 30 musicals. She has performed as a member of a number of groups, including QuadraSax, Saxophones Top to Bottom, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and the Spokane Falls Community Band. Baker will be honored during the concert, and a reception in her honor will take place at its conclusion.   

Over the past decade, the Whitworth Wind Symphony has emerged as one of the outstanding college bands in the northwestern United States. Since 1999, the ensemble has appeared in concert at five regional conferences, including those of the Washington Music Educators Association, the Northwest Division of the Music Educators National Conference, and the Western/Northwestern region of the College Band Directors National Association. In addition, the wind symphony has toured throughout the Pacific Northwest, northern California and Hawaii, and has released three compact disc recordings.

Richard Strauch is in his 11th year as director of the Whitworth Wind Symphony. He also conducts the Whitworth Chamber Winds and teaches applied low brass and courses in music history and conducting. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Northwest.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, music department program assistants, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu or lswegle@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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