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Spring Band Festival

Hosting high school instrumentalist from all around Ohio, Ohio Northern University will hold its 35th annual Spring Band Festival May 7-9. This year’s event features the work of guest director Patrick Burns, including a piece commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi in memory of Edwin and Rosemary Williams, former music department chairman and his wife.

The commissioned piece “Always We Begin Again” actually includes elements of Rosemary Williams work. The piece also honors Edwin Williams, whom the first annual Spring Band Festival started under. Edwin served as the department chairman for over twenty years.

The Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra will open the festival on May 7 at 8 p.m. performing selected works by Burns, as well as movements from De Meij’s Lord of the Rings Symphony and Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous Adagio for Winds. There will be a pre-show discussion at 7:15 p.m.

The Ohio Northern University Symphonic Band and Ohio Honors Band will perform on May 9 at 4 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for the 2010 Spring Band Festival go on sale April 19. Order tickets online at or by calling the Freed Center box office at 419-772-1900. Ohio Northern University students, faculty and staff members may purchase tickets online through their luminus accounts. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and non-ONU students, $9 for children and $5 for ONU students.

Past guests include: James Barnes, Samuel Hazo, Mark Camphouse, W. Francis McBeth, Martin Mailman, Vaclav Nelhybel, Harvey Phillips, Claude T. Smith, Elliot A. Del Borgo, Harry Begian, LynnHarting-Ware and David Shaffer.

Ohio Northern University music fans can also look forward to the 2011 Spring Band Festival. In line for 2011 is Emmy-winning composer Julie Giroux.