CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University band program will present a special concert of patriotic music on Sunday, Oct. 7, called "An American Tribute" and donate all proceeds to the World Trade Center Relief Fund.
The program begins at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Concert organizers are suggesting a $10 per person donation at the door, with 100 percent of the donations going toward relief efforts. "An American Tribute" is sponsored by the Corvallis Gazette-Times, the Albany Democrat-Herald, the Mid-Valley Sunday and OSU's LaSells Stewart Center.
OSU music department faculty members David Hoffman and Lewis Norfleet will lead members of the OSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the OSU Marching Band, and the OSU Concert Band in a musical tribute dedicated to those who lost their lives, family members and friends on Sept. 11.
"Our hope is that this concert will mourn for the victims, but moreover provide an opportunity for the OSU and Corvallis communities to celebrate our American citizenship," Hoffman said. "Bands in the United States have a long connection to patriotism. We got our start as military support bands, and perhaps the best known patriotic composer, John Philip Sousa, conducted the U.S. Marine Band before starting his own band."
Also participating in the program are OSU's Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine ROTC color guards.
Musical selections for "An American Tribute" include Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," marches by John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Flag," "The Star Spangled Banner," "Amazing Grace," Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," and "America the Beautiful." Les Risser, whose husband Paul Risser is president of OSU, will introduce the program and lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dan Dunham will serve as announcer.
For more information, call the OSU Department of Music at 541-737-4061.