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Drake Wind Symphony to perform spring concert

The Drake University Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier, director of bands and professor of music at Drake, will perform a concert on Tuesday, April 20.

The free, public concert will begin at 8 p.m. on the Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

The concert will feature James Romain, Drake associate professor of saxophone, performing the “Tallahatchie Concerto” with the symphony. Drake was a part of the consortium responsible for commissioning the band rendition of this work.

The program will also include works by Thom Ritter George, David Gillingham, Ron Nelson and Percy Grainger.

Meunier, director of percussion studies, founded the Drake University Wind Symphony in 1998. The group has developed a national reputation for musical excellence.

Meunier holds a bachelors degree in music education from the University of Mary and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005, He was honored as Drake’s College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

For more information, contact Drake’s Department of Music at 515-271-3975, or visit the Web site.