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USD Winter Band Concert Feb 16

Photo of symphonic band. The Department of Music hosts a winter band concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 16, in Aalfs Auditorium.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music hosts a winter band concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 16, in Aalfs Auditorium.

The concert will feature the USD Symphonic Band, under the direction of John LaCognata, Ph.D., and the USD Concert Band, under the direction of Luis Viquez, DMA. Both groups will be performing a selection of standard and contemporary pieces from the band repertoire, including music by celebrated band composers such as Alfred Reed, Clare Grundman, Franco Cesarini and Percy Grainger.
The concert will also feature three guest conductors: Todd Cranson, DMA, director of athletic bands, Darin Wadley, DMA, director of percussion studies, and Damon Lamberty, who is currently studying his graduate degree in conducting at USD.
The concert is free, and will be livestreamed via the band’s Facebook page.


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
USD News