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DePauw University Band Releases its Third CD

December 2, 2000

December 2, 2000, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University Band has released its newest compact disc recording, Airs & Dances (Mark Records/MCD 3487). It is the third CD in the ensemble's recording project, with Shadows of Eternity and Timepieces being the first and second recordings, respectively.

Airs & Dances features a wide variety of quality band literature and musical styles, including Renaissance-influenced wind music, English folk music, and the music of Spain. Under the direction of Craig Paré, director of University bands, the compact disc was recorded last April in Performing Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium.

One of the highlights of the CD is the University Band's special collaboration with two School of Music faculty members: James A. Beckel, Jr., professor of trombone, and Richard Graef, assistant professor of horn. Featured on Airs & Dances is the premiere recording of Beckel's work, "The Glass Bead Game," a horn concerto that has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The recording features a virtuoso performance by Graef as horn soloist.

Both Beckel and Graef are distinguished members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and they teach applied music in the DePauw School of Music. "It was an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to perform and record with these two colleagues," Paré said. "We, at DePauw, are fortunate to have world-class musicians teaching and performing as School of Music faculty members".

Inaugurated in August 1995, the CD recording project has met with both
critical and popular acclaim in the United States, Europe, Great Britain, Japan, South America and Canada. It was created to accomplish three important goals:

  • Highlight the skills and talents of the DePauw School of Music's instrumental program.
  • Provide a valuable educational experience for DePauw musicians through the rigor and discipline of recording in a professional atmosphere.
  • Promote interest in quality band literature through recordings of new and existing works for winds and percussion.

For recruitment purposes, an initial mailing of 500 complimentary compact discs were sent to high school music programs throughout the United States. "We anticipate that this quality recording, along with the University Band's first two CDs, will remain in music directors' rehearsal rooms for several years to come," Paré said, The quality performances on these compact discs clearly reflect the outstanding teaching that is evident in the School of Music and at DePauw University in general.

"Most importantly, as a teaching tool, our students learn so much about
the process of making music through their participation in the CD Recording Project," the professor continues. "All of our University Band musicians, whether they are School of Music or College of Liberal Arts majors, are challenged to explore the intellectual, technical and personal interpretive aspects of being the best musicians they can be. The experience of studying these works to be recorded, and finally bringing them to the disciplined environment of the recording studio, helps our students develop their individual musical technique, musicianship and listening skills, and allows them to truly understand their responsibilities as ensemble members."

To obtain a copy of Airs & Dances, contact the University Bands office at: DePauw University Bands, School of Music, 600 South Locust Street, Greencastle, IN 46135; or e-mail: cpare@depauw.edu; or visit the University Bands Web site at http://www.depauw.edu/music/band.

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