Symphonic Wind Band to play during homecoming concert

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Symphonic Wind Band to play during homecoming concert

The Symphonic Wind Band Concert is the second of seven productions scheduled for the 2022/2023 Concert, Opera & Drama Series. Photo: Jordyn Britton

Bob Jones University’s Symphonic Wind Band will perform for the next Concert, Opera & Drama Series event of the semester on Oct. 6 in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Cox, head of the department of instrumental studies, will conduct the music. “There’s some exciting and beautiful music to open the concert. We’re starting the concert with a piece by John Williams. I think everyone will love that,” he said.

The last half of the performance will consist of five pieces written by BJU alumni who have become composers. “There is one piece that we had written just for the concert, and it’s a fantasia on the University hymn,” Cox said. “Everyone will sing one of the stanzas of the University hymn together, so I think that will be exciting.”

The Symphonic Wind Band, BJU’s top-performing instrumental ensemble, consists of 50 undergraduate students. About half of these students are music majors, but the other half simply enjoy playing an instrument.

Cox said he believes the students will enjoy the chance to see a live con- cert. “I just always think watching your peers do the things that they’re really good at — that maybe you don’t do — is very enriching and exciting,” he said. “Just like I have great admiration for the science majors doing content that I don’t understand but I appreciate, I think people will see their friends and peers up there on stage, and I think they’ll really enjoy seeing that live.”