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Cal Poly Sets Virtual Bandfest for Nov. 15

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 Cal Poly students virtually presented the annual Bandfest concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra performed works ranging from the sublime to the evocative. Bandfest began with the Wind Orchestra’s performance of Julie Giroux’s “One Life Beautiful” and John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” The Wind Ensemble then continued with Jennifer Jolley's “Lichtweg” and Richard Strauss’ “Serenade for Winds,” Op. 7.

The Mustang Band concluded the concert with Cal Poly school songs and other examples of work they have been rehearsing this quarter.

The Wind Orchestra was conducted by Nicholas P. Waldron, Cal Poly’s associate director of bands. Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff conducted the Wind Ensemble.

“Fall quarter has brought significant challenges to how we normally operate,” Woodruff said. “Our students and faculty have moved mountains to meet those challenges — not only with social distancing and extra personal protective equipment — but with a sincere eagerness to make music and share it with one another.”

Tickets to the virtual event were $5 and could be purchased online from the Performing Arts Center.

To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The event was sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program.

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website , email or call 805-756-2406.

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