Crane School of Music Offers Second Symphonic Band Concert of the Semester on Nov. 9

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music Presents Concert Featuring the Crane Symphonic Band on Nov. 9

POTSDAM, NY (11/02/2017) (readMedia)-- SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music invites the public to enjoy a free concert featuring the Crane Symphonic Band on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

The program will open with an arrangement of "Entry March of the Boyars" by Johan Halvorsen, followed by "Dusk" by Steven Bryant. The Crane Symphonic Band will also present "Sketches on a Tudor Psalm" by Fisher Tull and "Moment" by Alex Shapiro. The performance will conclude with David Maslanka's "Morning Star."

About the performers:

Conducted by Visiting Director of Bands Stephen Meyer, the Crane Symphonic Band is SUNY Potsdam's oldest wind band. James Garfield, a 1905 Potsdam Normal School graduate, established the band as The Normal Band in 1926. Although Garfield referred to the group as the Symphonic Band as early as 1940, the ensemble went through several official name changes before Professor Harry Phillips settled permanently upon the current name. Guest conductors have included Percy Grainger, Edwin Franko Goldman, Vincent Persichetti, Capt. William J. Stannard (founder of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own") and Col. William Santlemann (U.S. Marine Corps Band, "The President's Own"). The Crane Symphonic Band has premiered numerous works, including those by Crane faculty members Arthur Frackenpohl, Robert Washburn and Elliot Del Borgo.

This concert will be broadcast live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.