Longwood Wind Symphony to present concert

Published 4:57 am Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Longwood Wind Symphony will present a free concert Tuesday  at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.

Earl Shaffer, who recently retired after as 35-year career as a Virginia high school band director and is an adjunct instructor in Longwood’s Department of Music this semester, will be guest conductor. He will conduct Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite.”

David Niethamer, also an adjunct instructor and former principal clarinet in the Richmond Symphony, will be clarinet soloist. He will play the “Concerto for Clarinet and Band” by John Heins.

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The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Gordon Ring, also will play works by Jack Stamp and Edwin Franko Goldman, as well as the “Longwood Fight Song,” composed by 2000 alumnus Rob Blankenship.

The Appomattox County High School Band, directed by Bryan Allgood, a 2010 Longwood graduate, will play a program of works that they will perform for District Concert Band Assessment in March.