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Student conductor featured

Friday, February 7, 2003

TERRE HAUTE -- The Indiana State University Concert Band and some small chamber ensembles will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Tilson Auditorium. The group is under the direction of Gene Bechen and joining him on the podium will be student conductor, Brent Winstead.

The ISU music department has implemented a program with the Concert Band where students moving into student teaching and those preparing for their music careers are invited to not only conduct the ISU Concert Band, but to rehearse their pieces as well. These students must take the musical selections from score study stage to classroom management in rehearsal through the final concert.

Winstead, who will graduate from ISU in May, has used the experience to prepare for his upcoming student teaching this spring at Fort Branch Community Middle School in Fort Branch, Ind., "I decided to student teach at the middle school level because those kids get much more excited about doing things right even though what we as adults think of as little goals are big steps for them."

He says what surprised him the most about working with the Concert Band was, "How many community members have chosen to participate. Though working with adults means you have to be more open to their experience and interpretation than you would be with beginners."

Works to be presented include "The Star Spangled Banner," "Burst of Flame" by Richard W. Bowles, "Three Ayres from Gloucester" by Hugh M. Stuart and James Barnes' "Trail of Tears." Winstead will conduct Charles A. Wiley's "Old Scottish Melody (Auld Lang Syne)."

"Finding the time to study and prepare the score was challenging," said Winstead of the experience, "But this has been a great opportunity and the faculty has been a great help to me in my teaching preparations."

The ISU Concert Band is composed primarily of non-music majors, music majors learning secondary instruments, music majors and adult musicians from the community. The ensemble provides an enjoyable musical experience for those who are busy during the daytime hours and desire a musical outlet.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department hotline at (812) 237-2773.

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