MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band will host a free concert on June 6 at 7 p.m. outside Lovett Auditorium on the campus Quad. The 100- member band is under the direction of Murray State’s Todd E. Hill and comprised of various community members, including Murray State students.
Musical selections that evening will include “His Honor” by Henry Fillmore, John Philip Sousa’s “Rifle Regiment” March and “Six-Fifty East” by Oldham and Hale; “The Black Knight” by Clare Grundman; selections from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin; and “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik (based on the hymn “Simple Gifts”).
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside Lovett Auditorium.
“We are very grateful to have both students and community members who are passionate about music and sharing their talent with the entire community,” said Carol Brunn, Murray State Town & Gown coordinator. “Our Town & Gown partners deeply value the cultural offerings that the University provides, and we are thankful to them for allowing us to support this part of our mission.”
This is the sixth season of Town and Gown’s sponsorship of the community band, which is led by Todd E. Hill, who is associate professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. In addition to directing numerous bands, orchestras and ensembles, Hill has backed diverse entertainers and jazz artists such as Bob Hope, The Moody Blues, Doc Severinsen and Gary Morris. Hill holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Murray State and a Doctor of Education from Boise State University.
For more information or to become involved with the Town & Gown program, please contact Carol Brunn at 270-809-3023 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Town & Gown partnership benefits include complimentary tickets and passes for various University events as well as networking opportunities with community and University leaders.