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GCU Offers Annual Spring Concert Band Performance

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 6, 2011—On Monday, April 11, the talented Georgian Court University Concert Band will present their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium on the Lakewood campus.

The planned selections for the evening include Leroy Anderson’s “Rakes of Mallow,” which will be performed in memory of longtime GCU band member Jerald Tice, and “Harlem Nocturne,” written by Earl Hagen and arranged by Paul Murtha, which will feature GCU senior Lori Price on alto saxophone. Other planned selections for the evening include “Winds of the Prairie” by Dennis W. Fisher, “Symphony for Band” by Robert E. Jager, “Da Vincian Visions” by Larry Clark, as well as many others.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for non-GCU students and seniors, and free to GCU students and staff with ID. Reservations are not required. For further information, contact Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2624.

About Wilbur Wittemann
Wilbur Wittemann, conductor of the GCU Concert Band, is a graduate of the Lakewood Public Schools and West Chester University. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Wittemann has conducted bands, choruses, and orchestras with such world-famous musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sanduval, Slide Hampton, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Dave Weckl, José Feliciano, Little Anthony, The Platters, Shari Lewis, and the Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras. Mr. Wittemann is the conductor of orchestras with the string sections from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony, and the Philly Pops. He is also the conductor and founder of the 40-member Lakewood Municipal Chorus.

Ranging in size from 3 to 40 musicians, Wilbur Wittemann Orchestras perform all styles of music. Mr. Wittemann performs on cornet, trumpet, and flugelhorn with his Bourbon Street Dixieland Band, Musicology, Wilbur Wittemann Revue, Jersey Shore Brass Quintet, and Lakewood Jazz Ensemble. He has been arranging and coordinating successful concert series and jazz festivals for over 25 years.

Mr. Wittemann has received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey International Association of Jazz Education. During his 31 years as Lakewood Middle School’s band director, he was twice selected “Teacher of the Year.” Most recently, he has been selected as Citizen of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wittemann is one of the tri-state area’s most requested clinicians and festival judges.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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