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Symphonic Band to Present 30th Anniversary Concert


By Kendyl Wadley

Symphonic Band reunion concert
Lee University Symphonic Band

On Saturday Nov. 2, Lee University’s Symphonic Band will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a celebratory concert at 5 p.m. in the Conn Center, conducted by Dr. Mark Bailey.

This concert will feature outstanding wind band literature and contemporary worship music performed by wind, string, and percussion instrumentalists. The band’s vocal ensemble and rhythm section will also be featured. Both present members and alumni will perform.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind event that connects generations of different musicians,” says Bailey. “The Lee band family will reunite and be able to do what we’ve always done, which is point the listener to Christ and utilize God-given talents to worship Him.”

Bailey was asked to come to Lee College in 1989 to conduct the Lee Symphonic Band and jumpstart the instrumental music program at Lee. The band that only started with 18 students has developed into a thriving musical organization that combines musical excellence with dynamic spiritual ministry. The band has toured all over the United States, five continents, and 17 nations. They have also represented Lee by performing at countless churches, schools, seminars, and various venues.

Lee’s Symphonic Band was the first collegiate band in America to perform in the nation of Jordan, and in 2011, it was the first U.S. concert band to perform in the nation of Cuba since 1958. The band performed at the Christian Instrumentalists and Directors Association National Conference and the Atlanta Instrumental Expo Conference, the largest instrumental church music conference in America.

In the last 30 years, Symphonic Band alumni have become successful school band directors, worship arts pastors, senior pastors, and other leading educational and civic leaders across America.

Bailey currently serves in the School of Music as a professor of music. He earned his doctorate in music education from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He has advanced training with the nation’s best wind conductors, including Eugene Corporon, North Texas University, Myron Welch, and the University of Iowa. He is a past president of the Christian Instrumentalists and Directors Association.

The 2019 Symphonic Band is comprising 47 musicians representing 16 different majors at Lee. Several of these students are former all-state and/or all-regional band participants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee. Most members have received academic scholarship awards for excellence in the classroom and excellence in performance.

This event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information, contact the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.
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