Windiana to Perform at the Memorial Opera House on Thursday, February 24th

By: Memorial Opera House Last Updated: February 15, 2011

WindianaWindiana, Northwest Indiana’s premiere Concert Band, will perform at the Memorial Opera House on Thursday, February 24th @ 7:30 PM.

“Windiana concerts are designed for audience enjoyment. The members of Windiana are outstanding musicians who take great pride in their performance. There is always a wide variety of music on the program; always something for everyone.” Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, founder and conductor of Windiana.

Windiana is a professional-level concert band, based in Valparaiso, founded and conducted by Jeffrey Scott Doebler. Dr. Doebler serves as director of music education and bands at Valparaiso University, is a former president of the Indiana Music Educators Association, and completed successful teaching and conducting tours of China.

Windiana's mission is to perform concert band literature at the highest level and to provide a concert band opportunity for professional-level musicians. Members of Windiana have studied with some of the most notable musicians in America, and are highly recognized for their performing and teaching. Windiana holds an Organizational Membership in the Association of Concert Bands, which includes BMI/ASCAP Blanket Licensure. Windiana is a registered trademark.

Windiana was founded in 2000, and debuted in 2001 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for the state convention of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA). Windiana performed for IMEA again in 2004.

High school and middle school band members are especially encouraged to attend the Windiana concerts, and the Memorial Opera House supports this invitation with a discounted student price of $8. “Windiana is a great model of what the students are rehearsing at school and at home. This opportunity to experience top-level band performance is one of the most unique aspects of the Windiana concerts at the Memorial Opera House.” Dr. Doebler

Windiana will be performing on the Memorial Opera House stage for it’s fifth year. Windiana concerts are the only regular professional-level band concerts in this area.

February 24th concert will consist of the following:

Fantasia of To The Colors, created by LaPorte native an VU senior, Alex Keim. To The Colors is a famous bugle call that is used when the flag is rasied.

Eulogize the Yangtze, tells the 5000-year history of China in only eight minutes! The composer, Yu Jianfang, is the conductor of the premier military band in China...much the US Marine Band. Maestro Yu conducted Windiana last summer at the Shanghai Conservatory.

Alpha and Omega is the comedic relief played at this concert. Arranger Paul Yoder has taken the first part of each phrase from one famous piece, then concludes each phrase with a part of another piece.

October is a beautiful selection that demonstrates the beautiful tone and blend of a concert band.

There will be an audience sing along, led by Lauren Knust, choir director at River Forest High School in Hobart.

The band will play one piece by John Phillip Sousa, the Sousa Band played on the Memorial Opera House stage four times in 1898, 1904, 1907, 1914. The Sousa selection is a suite entitled "The Last Days of Pompeii."

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 SPECIAL for students. Tickets are available through the Memorial Opera House Box Office, by phone at 219-548-9137, or in person. The Memorial Opera House is located at 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso, IN. Box office hours: Monday-Wednesday & Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Thursday and Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. You may also visit our website at www.mohlive.com to purchase individual tickets. Text PTMOHLIVE to 79338 for special ticket offers and don’t forget to be a Friend of the Memorial Opera House on Facebook.