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UMaine, Westbrook Bands to Perform at Merrill

The University of Maine Symphonic Band will share Portland’s Merrill Auditorium stage with the Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble for an April 11 concert to kick off UMaine’s Leadership Week.

The free public concert at 7 p.m. will feature the 38-member Symphonic Band performing works by Philip Sparke, Peter Mennin, E.E. Bagley, Mark Camphouse, Samuel Ward and Richard Saucedo. The band also will premiere "Do Not Go Quietly Into That Dark Night," composed by UMaine music education major Joshua Jandreau of South China, Maine. A performance of a concertino by Carl Maria von Weber will feature a clarinet solo by Ben Cox of Topsham, Maine, who is a double major in music performance and music education at UMaine.

Conducting the UMaine Symphonic Band will be Christopher White, who also directs the university’s Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band and the Screamin’ Black Bear Pep Band. Craig Ouellette of Biddeford, Maine, a UMaine graduate student in conducting, serves as assistant conductor.

The 44-member Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Kyle Smith, will perform works by Boris Kozhevnikov, Samuel Hazo, Robert Smith and Jacques Press.

The concert begins UMaine’s Leadership Week, April 11-19, featuring academic activities, student research expositions and campuswide celebrations commemorating the inauguration of University of Maine President Paul W. Ferguson on April 19.

The event takes its theme from Maine’s state motto, Dirigo, which is Latin for "I lead." The theme recognizes and celebrates the qualities of the UMaine community and the people of Maine, and affirms UMaine’s statewide leadership and commitment as Maine’s flagship university.

"As the state’s premier, nationally ranked university, UMaine has a statewide presence and impact," says President Ferguson. "The theme of leadership reflects and celebrates the wonderful qualities of the UMaine community and the people of Maine."

Leadership will be the focus of President Ferguson’s inaugural address and the theme of a number of Leadership Week events, including the keynote address by renowned historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin. All Leadership Week events are free and open to the public.