University of Notre Dame Concert Band for NSA Concert

Notre Dame Traveling Band (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)
Notre Dame University Concert Band (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

On 29 May, the National School of the Arts will host the celebrated Notre Dame University Concert Band in the NSA Hall at 19:00.

The Notre Dame Band is the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States. Each year more than 500 students participate in concert bands, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, and athletic bands forming an integral part of the culture of campus life at Notre Dame. The University was founded in 1842 and is located in the City of South Bend, Indiana, 90 miles east of Chicago. With a history of over 170 years, the Band has been a part of Notre Dame since 1845.

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“It is a great privilege for the NSA to host this esteemed Concert Band,” enthused Elise Van Heerden HOD of music. “It is so important for our young players to be exposed to musicians from elsewhere in the world and we look forward to welcoming the band members on Tuesday. Our NSA musicians have prepared a special curtain raiser of South African music as a musical welcome. The evening promises to be a significant joining of hands!” concluded Van Heerden.

The University of Notre Dame attracts a strong global community of students as well as students from across the United States. The University is comprised of the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Science, Business, Architecture, Engineering, and the Notre Dame Law School. With approximately 8 000 undergraduate students, Notre Dame consistently ranks as one of the top 20 Universities in the United States.

The Band is under the directorship of Dr. Kenneth Dye Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from the University of Houston, with a Doctorate in Music Education and an MBA. He also holds a Master of Arts in Music from California State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. As a composer/arranger, Ken Dye serves as a staff writer for several publishers and served as composer/arranger for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Band and pops arranger for the Dallas Symphony. His writing activities have produced over 1800 works for band and orchestra performed throughout the United States and overseas.

Under his direction, the Notre Dame Concert Band has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Beijing Concert Hall. In the USA, the band has completed concert tours through California, the Midwest, and performed in some of the finest concert halls in the United States including Severance Hall in Cleveland and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The Band was the recipient of the Sudler Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy for college bands, and was declared a “Landmark of American Music” by the Indiana Music Educators Association.

This esteemed University of Notre Dame Concert Band will give one performance only in Johannesburg. The National School of the Arts is delighted to be their host for this highly anticipated performance on Tuesday 29 May at 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be secured prior to the event through:
Charmaine Stander or
on 011 339 6539 (ext) 208/308.

Tickets R80.00
(Entrance on 17 Hoofd Street), Braamfontein

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