(March 2007)

Contact: Lynn Stewart or Kacie Lopez, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

National Conference Selects Two Centenary Music Students to Perform in Small College Intercollegiate Band

SHREVEPORT, LA — Two students from Centenary's Hurley School of Music have been selected to perform in the Small College Intercollegiate Band March 27-31 at the University of Michigan as part of a national conference for band directors. Centenary students Ruben Reyes of Brownsville, Texas, and Lucy Fliegel of Los Fresnos, Texas, have been chosen to perform with the ensemble, which invites members from all over the country. They will be accompanied by Dr. Thomas Stone, professor of music at Centenary.

Applicants include both undergraduate and graduate students working on degrees in music instrument and performance. Reyes, who plays percussion and piano, and Fliegel, playing flute, are both first-year music education students at Centenary.

The ensemble is to be directed by world-renowned composer and conductor Frank Ticheli, whose own pieces will be included in the program's repertoire. Selected pieces include Nitro: A Fanfare for Band, Sanctuary and Symphony No. 2 by Ticheli and Children's March and Baron Cemetiere's Mambo by Percy Grainger.

The band will perform as part of the College Band Directors National Association annual conference that takes place at the university in Ann Arbor this year. The conference is scheduled to include concerts from bands invited from seven colleges and universities. They will join the host University of Michigan Symphony Band conducted by Michael Haithcock and the Small College Intercollegiate Band, which will be conducted by Ticheli on Saturday,