Gary Brandes, director of bands at UMSL, leads the University Symphonic Band.

The University Wind Ensemble and the University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Gary W. Brandes, director of bands at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

The first performance of the season for the two bands will feature the music of Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Ron Nelson, Martin Ellerby and Paul Hindemith. It will also include two guest conductors, music students Jason Nickell and Robert Hardcastle.

Jason Nickell, a senior performance major, recently won an audition to join the United States Air Force Band as a trumpet player. He will conduct “Irish Tune From County Derry,” by Percy Grainger, with the Symphonic Band and “Three Chorale Preludes,” by William Latham, with the Wind Ensemble.

Robert Hardcastle, senior music education major, is scheduled to begin his student teaching assignment soon, and this concert is part of an effort by the music department to give music education students experience in front of an ensemble prior to the student teaching experience. Hardcastle will conduct “Guardians of the Seas,” by David Reed, with the Symphonic Band.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Touhill Performing Arts Center is on the North Campus of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, 1 University Drive, St. Louis County (63121). For more information, call 314-516-4949 or visit

Jack Crosby

Jack Crosby

Jack Crosby Senior Information Specialist 440 Woods Hall University of Missouri-St. Louis One University Boulevard St. Louis, Missouri 63121