The Symphonic Wind Band, under the direction of Dr. Dan Turner, will tell stories through music in a concert directly following the Christmas Celebration on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium.

“This year’s concert features music that tells or has a story,” Turner said. “The principal story being presented is The Lord of the Rings.”

The narrator and storyteller will be Dr. Lonnie Polson.

With the involvement of 50 student and faculty musicians, Turner said he’s confident that this year’s performance will be a riveting experience for everyone in attendance.

“The music in this concert is amazing,” Turner said.

“For me, the highlight of this concert will occur immediately following the Gandalf fanfare, when Gandalf introduces himself to the audience. It is always a rather stunning moment,” Turner said.

“And then the telling of when Bilbo Baggins becomes the keeper of the ring—that is always a great part.”

Daniel Leedy, a freshman music education major who plays the euphonium, is excited to be a part of this upcoming concert.

He said he enjoys being able to share a story with the audience through music.

“[We are able] to communicate with other people while doing what we love,” Leedy said.

The Symphonic Wind Band has performed a postChristmas Celebration concert for the past 25 years.

This concert is a highlight for many members of the Upstate community as well as for the student body.

“There are people who travel all over the Upstate of South Carolina to be at the
Christmas Celebration and the following concert,” Turner said.

“It is one of the most compelling and satisfying concerts of the year.”

Turner said the usual concert audience ranges between 1,200 and 1,500 people.

The Symphonic Wind Band, along with Turner, view this annual concert as a ministry opportunity.

“Our hearts are focused on preparing students to compete in the world on an equal level with those from secular institutions,” Turner said.

“By serving our students at the highest level, we are ministering to their need for their future calling.”

The Symphonic Wind Band strives to perform with proficiency in order to represent Christ.

“The excellence with which we attempt to play impacts people directly for the credibility of the Gospel in believers’ lives,” Turner said.

Turner said he wants this concert to be an exciting start to the Christmas season.

The Symphonic Wind Band has been preparing for several weeks and invites anyone and everyone to join them for stories told by music.

Admission is free, and families with children are encouraged to attend. Casual dress is appropriate.