USU Alumni Band Closes Season with 'Cosmic Jazz'

For their final performance of the 2019 summer season, the USU Alumni Band will perform Cosmic Jazz in conjunction with the Small Satellite Conference at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, in the Daines Concert Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The band will open with Thus Spake Zarathustra, the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey followed by Highland Cathedral featuring the USU Scotsman Pipe and Drum Corps. Special guests Max Matzen (trumpet), Tim Newman (trumpet), Will Francis (horn), Lane Weaver (trombone) and Enrique Tellez (tuba) will perform with the band on Saints’ Hallelujah for Brass Quintet and Band, conducted by professor emeritus James M. Bankhead.

Bankhead is the former head of the Department of Music in the Caine College of the Arts and served as the conductor and commander of the United States Air Force Band.

Professor emeritus Larry Smith will conduct Cole Porter’s Easy to Love and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars featuring his daughter, vocal soloist Monica Fronk.

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The balance of the program includes works by Phillip Sparke, Eric Osterling, John Philip Sousa and Rossano Galante and will be conducted by Dr. Lane Weaver, director of athletic bands at USU and associate director of the USU Alumni Band.

Other guest conductors include Abigail Erickson, Pershelle Rohrer and Anita Ford.

“I’d like to thank all of our patrons for attending our summer 2019 concerts,” said Nicholas Morrison, music director of the USU Alumni Band. “We truly appreciate your support and hope to see you back on the Quad and in the Daines Concert Hall next season.”

The last Alumni Band concert of the season will be held August 4 in the Daines Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU campus.

For more information, call 435-797-8022 or visit

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