USM Concert Band: Applause for Paws, Jackie Townsend, Conductor

from Lori Arsenault

Join the USM Concert Band as they perform works inspired by our animal companions. From Gershwin’s classic Walking the Dog (featuring faculty soloist Tom Parchman on clarinet), to Julie Giroux’s newly released Our Castaways (dedicated to rescued pets), this performance will showcase how nature has inspired composers to create wonderful works of art. Donations to local animal shelters will also be accepted at this event!

Conductor and director of bands, Dr. Jackie Townsend, conducts the USM Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, and teaches courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting. She also conducts the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble and in the community, the Casco Bay Wind Symphony. She graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting and studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Enrico Williams

The University Concert Band is a wind and percussion ensemble which is open to all University students through audition. The ensemble focuses on the fundamentals of ensemble performance dealing with a variety of literature. The University Concert Band performs at least one major concert per semester. In addition, the concert band is featured each September in the annual "Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert," for which the local community gathers On the Green at Corthell Hall. The outdoor band concert is the opening student ensemble performance of each academic year, and serves an important outreach function for the school, attracting hundreds of people from Gorham and the surrounding communities.

The concert will take place on Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Ave. in Gorham. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. Purchase tickets online at, or by calling 207-780-5555.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646. (from )

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