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Band to Perform ???Keynotes??? concerts at the CAC

Note: A VERY limited number of Tickets remain for Monday, November 27th. Tuesday night's concert is SOLD OUT.

The West Virginia University Marching Band, under the direction of Jay Drury, will present its annual ???Keynotes Concerts??? at the Creative Arts Center, Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28.

The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre and will feature the band???s full complement of brass, woodwinds, percussion, flags and feature twirlers. They will perform musical highlights from the 2006 football season, including favorite pre-game and halftime music.

The pre-game selections will feature WVU fight songs, including ???Fight Mountaineers,??? ???Mountain Dew,??? ???Simple Gifts,??? ???Country Roads,??? ???Alma Mater,??? and ???Hail West Virginia.???

The halftime music will feature several popular movie themes, including ???Superman,??? a Spy Medley from ???James Bond??? and ???Mission Impossible,??? and ???Pirates of the Caribbean.???

There will also be cartoon themes from ???Family Guy??? and ???The Jetsons,??? as well as rock anthems such as ???White Rabbit??? by Jefferson Airplane, ???Holiday??? by Green Day, and ???A.D. 1928/Rockin??? the Paradise??? by Styx.

The audience will also hear the West Virginia favorite, ???My Home Among the Hills,??? as well as a selection called ???American Celebration,??? and the traditional Americana selection ???Hoedown.???

Other favorites include the Garth Brooks classic ???Friends in Low Places,??? ???Children of Sanchez??? by Chuck Mangione, and an exciting new arrangement by John Hendricks, WVU director of bands, titled ???And He Will Dance.???

Special performances by each of the band???s sections, including percussion, saxophones, trumpets, and piccolos, among others, are especially popular with the audience, as are the outstanding performances by the twirlers.

The award-winning WVU Mountaineer Marching Band, also known as ???The Pride of West Virginia,??? enjoys the reputation as one of the outstanding groups on the WVU campus. This year???s WVU Band is one of the largest in the history of the University, with 375 members.

Most of the students in the Band come from various states up and down the eastern United States. These students are enrolled in the various colleges at the University, and, in fact, represent almost every major the University has to offer.

???The Pride??? has performed throughout the nation, from nationally-televised Bowl games to Presidential inaugurations.

During the past 15 years, the WVU Marching Band has performed before more than one million people and has traveled to several major cities, including Tucson, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, New York City, Tempe, New Orleans, Houston, Birmingham, Washington, D.C.; El Paso, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.

The Mountaineer Marching Band is known for its high-energy performances, outstanding musical arrangements, and innovative drill moves. Because of its tradition of excellence, the WVU Band was recognized in 1997 as the country???s outstanding collegiate marching band by being named the recipient of the 1997 Sudler Trophy, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

The esprit de corps of the WVU Marching Band and the enthusiastic response of the audiences to the sight and sound of the band have made it one of the most respected organizations on the WVU campus. All these features contribute to the success of the ???Pride of West Virginia??? and show why it is considered one of the premier collegiate marching bands in the nation.

For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.