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USD Band Concerts April 15

Photo of symphonic band. The Symphonic and Concert Bands perform April 15 in Aalfs Auditorium.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music presents the USD Symphonic and Concert bands in concert on Sunday, April 15, at 3 Slagle Hall’s Aalfs Auditorium.

The Symphonic Band, led by director of bands John LaCognata, Ph.D., will feature pieces by Peter Mennin, Guy Woolfenden and David Gillingham. The Concert Band, led by director of orchestras Luis Viquez, D.M.A., will include Tale of Wild Mustangs by Jay Bocook in addition to pieces by Jack Stamp, Franz Strauss and Ferrer Ferran.

The concert will also include graduate conductor Damon Lamberty and feature Dr. Gary Reeves, guest horn soloist.

The concerts are free and open to the public.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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