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March 5, 2008
For Immediate Release

CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY CONCERT BAND TO JOIN TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH BAND IN CONCERT MARCH 11

By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. –The Campbellsville University Concert Band will present a joint concert with the Taylor County High School Concert Band on Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. in the Ransdell Chapel on the University campus.

Dr. David McCullough, director of bands, will conduct the university band, and Stephen Bishop, director, and Christina Bishop, assistant director, will conduct the Taylor County High School Band.

McCullough said the university band will perform two numbers:  “English Folk Song Suite” by the famed British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and “Stormworks,” which McCullough described as an exciting and dramatic work by the highly inventive contemporary composer Stephen Melillo.  

The TCHS band will perform four numbers:  “Northridge Overture” by David Shaffer, Frank Ticheli’s beautifully lush setting of the well known folk song “Shenandoah,” “Arsenal” by the Dutch composer Jan van der Roost, and the perennial audience favorite “Napoli,” featuring CU trumpet professor Dr. Reese Land as soloist.

Both of the TCHS directors have a close connection with Campbellsville University, McCullough said.  Mr. and Mrs. Bishop are each graduates of CU and former members of the CU Band.   

“This is such a unique and interesting opportunity to share a program with former students, now colleagues in the profession,” McCullough said.  “It’s always great for me and the college students to stay in contact with what is happening at the high school level, and is, of course, a good way for the high school band members to get a perspective on our program here at the university,” he said.

The CU Concert Band has a membership of 86 students, about half of whom are pursuing either a major or minor in music.  The other members represent a wide range of degree programs from nearly all of the university’s academic units. 

Most of the members of the Concert Band are also members of the university’s two Pep Bands that play for Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball games during the spring semester, and were members of the 2007 Tiger Marching Band, as well. 

The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Additional information is available by calling the School of Music office at (270) 789-5237, or  McCullough at (270) 789-5058.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report.  The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.