AU’s Spring Band Concert Takes a Musical Journey at Home and Abroad

AU’s Spring Band Concert Takes a Musical Journey at Home and Abroad

4/17/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Music presents its final band concert of the 2018-2019 academic year on Sunday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Spring Band Concert. Admission to the concert is free and open to all.

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB), under the direction of Leonard Salvo, and the Ashland University Symphonic Band directed by Joseph Lewis Jr., will perform a program themed "At Home and Abroad" as it features compositions from various cultures from American marches and a southern hymn to English and Korean folk songs as well as a fiesta. The event also will recognize the senior AU Band members for their dedication and contribution to the AU Band program. 

Although the AACCB will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' Folk Songs from Somerset, which is the last movement of his "English Folk Song Suite" -- the remaining pieces are American based including Chorale and Shaker Dance with variations of the well-known Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts"; Samuel Hazo's Southern Hymn; and American We, one of Henry Filmore's most well-known marches. Guest conductor Dave Wolbert will lead the band in a performance of selections from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

The University Symphonic Band will present an international program beginning with Clifton Williams Latin themed Symphonic Dance No. 3, Fiesta followed by Williams' Sea Songs, W. Francis McBeth's Israel influenced Kaddish and John Barnes Chance's Variations on a Korean Folk Song. The concert will continue with a performance of Pavel Tschesnekoff's Salvation is Created dedicated to the memory of former AU Director of Bands Gary Ciulla. Professor Emeritus Salvo will then be the guest conductor for Julius Fucik’s The Florentiner, Grande Marcia Italiana, and the program will conclude with Olympiada by Hazo.  

For more information about the music department and a full events schedule, visit the Web site at or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###