Band, Wind Ensemble Tour Features Soloist Dr. John Pennington

SIOUX FALLS – Dr. John Pennington, professor of percussion at Augustana, is the featured soloist with the Augustana Band and Wind Ensemble during the group’s January Interim Tour.

Both ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Bruce T. Ammann and will be touring through South Dakota and Colorado.

The Band and Wind Ensemble will be in joint concert with the Augustana Choir on January 30 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colo., and again at the Home Concert on February 8 at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls.

The joint concerts will conclude with a massed performance of Angels’ Chorus (Hallelujah!) by Ludwig van Beethoven and transcribed by Clark McAlister from Christ on the Mount of Olives. Tickets for the Home Concert are available on line at

During the tour the Augustana Band performance will include the following selections:

Rag-Time March by Yasuhide Ito; Unending Stream of Life by David Maslanka (Variations of All Creatures of Our God and King); Fortress Variations by Tim Waters; and Three Dances from the Maid of Orleans by Peter Tschaikovsky and transcribed by John R. Bourgeois.

The Wind Ensemble performance includes the following selections:

Symphony No. 1, Movement 1 by Richard L. Saucedo, and Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble, Movement 1 and 4 by Ney Rosauro and featuring soloist Dr. John Pennington.

Dr. Pennington, new to the Augustana Music Department this year, is the director of the Augustana Percussion Ensemble. He is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the Music in the Mountains Music Festival. He has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels.

Bruce Conley
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