The Augustana Bands

Augustana Bands in concert

Event Details

Date: April 5, 2018

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Pavillion, 301 S. Main in downtown Sioux Falls

Ticket Info: Tickets range in price from $15-$20 and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID.

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Augustana Performing and Visual Arts proudly presents the Augustana Bands in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5,  in the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion.

“Some old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is the theme for the concert, featuring both the 50-member Augustana Band and the 100-member Blue & Gold Band. 

Dr. Christopher Unger will lead the band in performing Ernesto Lecuona’s "Malagueña" which features the Trombone Studio Quartet. They will also perform “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre.

The presentation of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” will feature piano soloist Dr. Rick Andrews.

The Blue & Gold Band, led by Dr. Larry Petersen, will feature “Rough Riders March” by Karl King (arranged by Swearingen); Randall Standridge’s “Imaginarium;” “Sarabande and Polka," by Malcolm Arnold (arranged by Painter); and “Blue and Green Music" by Samuel Hazo.

About the Conductors

Dr. Christopher Unger

Christopher Unger was named the fifth conductor of the Augustana Band and began his tenure at the University in September 2015. Previously, Unger was the interim director of bands at the University of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment at U.B.C., Unger served as the assistant conductor of both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. At Eastman, Unger was honoured with the Frederick Fennell Fellowship for Advanced Conducting Study, the Evan Whallon Conducting Award, and the prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. His role at Eastman provided him with the opportunity to act as a producer on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 2013 release on Avie Records titled Stravinsky-Octet/L’Histoire du Soldat. In addition to conducting the wind ensembles, Unger worked with the Brass Guild, the Trumpet Ensemble, and the Graduate Chamber Orchestra. He also was chosen to conduct a featured performance of Imis, by Massimo Luaricella, the 2011/2012 OSSIA International Composition Competition winner, with the Ossia New Music Ensemble. Learn more about Dr. Unger

Dr. Rick Andrews

Rick Andrews is an award-winning teacher and performer whose distinguished career spans more than three decades. He currently serves as professor of music at Augustana, where he is director of the keyboard area and teaches music theory, applied piano, piano literature and piano pedagogy. In 2015, Andrews earned the Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana Community by a faculty member. Learn more about Dr. Andrews

Dr. Larry Peterson

Larry Petersen is assistant director of bands and music education.  Petersen directs the Blue & Gold Band and the Athletic Bands, as well as leads the coordination of the Augustana music teacher education program. He joined AU in the fall of 2017. Prior to joining Augustana, Petersen served as director of bands at Huron High School in Huron, South Dakota. Learn more about Dr. Petersen.