The 19th annual Smoky Hills High School Honor Band Concert will take place on at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Sams Chapel, Pioneer Hall. Area honor band students will spend the day in masterclasses and rehearsals with KWU faculty and students. Then the students will perform as the featured ensemble in a concert with the KWU Wind Ensemble and conducted by Dr. Carl Rowles, KWU director of bands.
The program will feature music by James Barnes, Jay Bocook, John Mackey, Aaron Perrine, James Swearingen and Clifton Williams. Special guest artist, Dr. Andrew Veit, will be featured on pieces by David Gillingham and Larry Neeck. Dr. Veit is an Innovative Percussion performing artist, teacher and composer based in Chicago. He is co-artistic director of Heartland Marimba and tours regularly throughout the Midwest.
The concert will culminate with combined forces of the High School Honor Band, members of the 1ID band from Fort Riley, and the KWU Chorale in a performance of James Swearingen’s setting of Lead On, O King Eternal.
The concert is free and open to the public.