The Penn State Symphonic Band and Marching Blue Band will present their annual Bandorama concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The performance begins with the Symphonic Band performing music by John Williams and Morten Lauridsen, conducted by Dennis Glocke. The Blue Band portion of the concert will include performances by the Blue Band Silks, Touch of Blue majorettes, and Blue Sapphire. The Blue Band is directed by Greg Drane; assisted by Darrin Thornton, Eric Bush and Carter Biggers.
Tickets prices are $16 general admission/$11 Penn State students/$6 youth (18 and under). Tickets are available at any Arts Ticket Center location, by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX, or online at Penn State Arts Ticket Center.
The Symphonic Band is a select band that utilizes the full resources of the large wind/percussion ensemble to perform outstanding works from the concert band repertory. Members of the eighty-piece ensemble are selected by audition during the first week of classes each semester. The Symphonic Band presents several concerts each semester in the 2,600-seat Eisenhower Auditorium. Like all Penn State bands, the Symphonic Band is open to all students, regardless of major.
The Blue Band is recognized as one of the nation's finest college marching bands and performs to capacity crowds in 107,232 seat Beaver Stadium - home of Penn State Nittany Lion football. The Blue Band has performed at every major bowl game in the U.S., including the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses Parade. The current band numbers 310 members which includes 260 instrumentalists, 34 silks, 14 Touch of Blue (majorettes), a feature twirler, and a drum major. Members come from virtually all curricula and colleges represented at the University Park campus of Penn State.