The Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Pursell, will honor veterans and active military personnel during a special Veterans Day Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
Several special guests will join the wind ensemble on stage serving as guest conductors, including retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon, and Dr. Troy Robertson, director of choirs.
“Military bands and music in the military are a very important part of the tradition and esprit de corps. The marches are rooted in deep history and are played a lot in parades, not just for concerts or other special occasions,” said Weldon. “It’s a humbling experience to serve as guest conductor. The student musicians are excellent and it’s a great honor to be able to represent veterans on the stage.”
Weldon, who retired as deputy joint base commander at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa., and commander of the 627th Air Base Group, will lead the wind ensemble as it performs one of several military themed compositions, Strategic Air Command March by J. Clifton Williams.
Opening the concert will be John Williams’ rousing fanfare written for the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty titled Liberty Fanfare. Rounding out the first half of the program, the Wind Ensemble will perform Karel Husa’s 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning composition, Music for Prague.
The second half of the concert features familiar musical works accompanied by a multimedia presentation, including: Amazing Grace, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic and The Stars and Stripes Forever.
General admission is $5 or free with a valid Tarleton ID. Additionally, all military personnel in uniform or with a military ID (retired or active) are also admitted free.