University to host Pennsylvania intercollegiate band festival

Shippensburg University and its Department of Music & Theatre Arts will host the 67th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival that culminates in a public performance March 2. The free program begins at 2:30 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

According to Trever Famulare, chair of the music and theatre arts department, “The Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band, founded in 1948, is the oldest continually operating band of its kind in the United States. Each year, students from colleges and universities across the state submit applications, recommended by their and directors, and are chosen to participate by a selection committee.”

Ninety-seven students representing 23 institutions will come to campus Feb. 28 to begin rehearsal. Shippensburg University musicians chosen for the festival are Alison Benton, Robyn Collette, John Deutsch, Danielle Peters, Elaine Preli and Otto Wallenmeyer.

“Students who have represented Shippensburg University in the past have had heightened educational experiences every year,” he said. “This is mainly due to the fact that the band has different students, challenging music and a renowned conductor at the podium every year.”

Guest conductor for the festival is Dr. John Lynch, director of bands and professor of music at the University of Georgia. Each year the host institution is responsible to provide a guest conductor. Famulare said Lynch is on the “cutting edge of the profession and can provide a great experience to Pennsylvania students.” Lynch has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia including invited tours of China and Argentina.