From seven people to 30 members. From “The Hey Song” to “The Second Suite”. From the arena to the Quick Center.

The boisterous, face painted, cheering, chanting pep band has miraculously transformed into a quiet, all-black wearing, concert band, scheduled to take center stage at the Quick Center Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Duane Melzer, with help from Assistant Band Director Elizabeth Tucker, Fairfield University’s pep band will perform as a concert band for the first time in band history.

“We’re developing music programs,” said Duane Melzer, director. “They are open to everyone-students, faculty, staff, and the community. We’re excited about the editions of our new ensembles and hope they gain more popularity,” he said.

Prior to the concert band performance, a Trombone Ensemble of four students will perform.

“It’s been a good experience, something new that I hope will be built on in the future,” said Greg Iorio, ’04. “We’re really excited about our first concert. Duane has been an excellent band director.”

The band previous played solely pep band music at all the home basketball and football games as well as a few select away games including the MAAC tournament.

“Concert band developed out of growth of pep band as a result of members wanting more challenging music literature,” said Melzer.

“I’m very excited that the pep band is able to show our versatility by playing classical music at a concert,” said Larry Valliere, ’03. “Although electric base is not a traditional classical music instrument, I enjoy playing this music as well.”

The band will perform “A Copland Tribute”, “Second Suite in F”, “Resting in the Peace of His Hands”, “The March from ‘1941’”, “America the Beautiful”, as well as a famed pep band tune.

The Fairfield pep band has been in existence for five years. Since the end of February, the band has been practicing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm.

Both ensembles are available for credit, the classes are MU 259 and MU 55. Anyone interested in band is encouraged to call the band office at x3119.

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