MessiahTeaserThe Bethany College Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Sterling High School Band for a performance in Presser Hall on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts. The program is free and open to the public.

The Bethany Wind Ensemble is directed by Professor Claudio Re. Professor Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a master of art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthen all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us.

Members of the Wind Ensemble include: Flute – Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Lisa Stone, Victoria Sutton; Clarinet – Joisan Smith, Alyssa Wierman; Saxophone – Christian Cooper, Alanna Lustfield, Carly Rosey; Trumpet – Jackie Bradshaw, Emily Perkins, Austin Stout; Trombone – Lois Carlson, Michael Rankin; Euphonium – Amanda Barcus; Tuba – Blake Mitchell, Carson Montgomery; Percussion – William Strommen; Assisting – Mackinze Smith (saxophone.)

The Sterling High School Band will perform under the direction of Larry Brownlee, who has been at Sterling since 1985. He is a 1980 graduate of Sterling College and a 1976 graduate of Sterling High School. He received a master’s degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. While under Brownlee’s direction, the Sterling High School band has been selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators State Convention seven times, has won the Worlds of Fun Band Festival sweepstake trophy, has been selected as a GRAMMY Signature School for excellence in music education, and was selected to represent the state of Kansas at the Musical Salute to George Washington in Washington, D.C. in 1999.

The bands will each perform separately and then together on the final two pieces.