American Band College concert tickets on sale

Tickets for the American Band College Directors' Band 25th annual concert at the Craterian Theater in Medford are on sale.

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, 31 S. Central Ave., by calling 541-779-3000 or online at Tickets are $29 general admission and $25 for seniors.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. June 25.

The American Band College is celebrating 25 years of offering a summer program for band directors to learn from experts in their fields as well as earn a masters degree.

Soloists for the Craterian performance will be three of the top trumpet players in the country — Doc Severinsen, Bobby Shew and Allen Vizzutti.

For 30 years, Severinsen was trumpet player and band director for the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."

Shew has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson and many others, as well as fronting his own band.

Both a jazz and classical artist, Vizzutti has played with Chick Corea, the Airmen Of Note, Woody Herman, the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Yolanda Pelzer, vocalist with the U.S. Navy Band since 1995, will perform renditions of "America the Beautiful" and "American Anthem," a song made famous by Norah Jones.

Three celebrated conductors will conduct the two 100-member ABC bands. Former commander/conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band, 88-year old Arnald D. Gabriel, will conduct the three guest trumpet soloists. Paula Crider, professor emerita at the University of Texas and past conductor of the Texas Longhorn Band, will conduct several pieces, including the solo accompaniments for Pelzer.

Johan de Meij of the Netherlands has conducted some of the leading wind orchestras of Europe, Asia, North and South America. He will present the 25th anniversary performance of his "Lord of the Rings."

The American Band College was founded in 1989 at Southern Oregon University by Max McKee as a workshop program for band directors. It became a master's degree program in 1992 with the first six graduates completing their work in 1994. In 2010, ABC realigned with Sam Houston State University of Huntsville, Texas, and has had nearly 60 graduates each year.

Through 2012 there were 699 graduates from 48 states and five foreign countries. Enrollment for 2013 is expected to be nearly 200 band directors from all parts of the world.

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