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November 9, 2012

Local students to be in all-district band this weekend

WASHINGTON — The Vincennes University Department of Music will be the host for the southwest region site of the Indiana Bandmasters Association 2010 “All-District Honor Band,” Saturday and Sunday at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Vincennes University is one of eight sites throughout the state that will be hosting this event. The Vincennes site will feature student musicians from 17 area high schools, including Barr-Reeve, Bloomfield, Boonville, Castle, Evansville Harrison, Loogootee, New Harmony, North Daviess, North Knox, North Posey, Pike Central, South Knox, South Spencer, Southridge, Sullivan, Vincennes Lincoln, and Washington.

The 75-piece ensemble, under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Craig Pare, will rehearse all day Saturday and part of Sunday, then will present a concert on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Red Skelton Theatre.

Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend the performance. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Craig Pare is Professor of Music and Director of University Bands at De Pauw University in Greencastle, where his duties include teaching conducting, applied percussion, and music education.

 In addition, he is a faculty advisor for the DePauw chapter of Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Dr. Pare earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from Barrington College; a Doctor of Musical arts in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservator of Music, where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Pare is an active performer. He currently serves as principal timpanist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and has served as principal timpanist and percussionist with the Spoleto Festival USA, in Charleston, S. C., and the Festival Dei Due Mondi, in Spoleto, Italy. He has also performed and recorded with two renowned wind groups: the Cincinnati Wind Symphony and the Philharmonia a vent.

Dr. Pare is the recipient of thee DePauw University John Price Durban John Distinguished Professorship, the DePauw University/United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award, and the Joan Westmen Battey Distinguished Teaching Award.

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