DPU Band releases its ninth CD, 'United Artists'

Friday, December 5, 2014
The DePauw University Band -- conducted by Craig Paré (left) with faculty soloists Carla Edwards, Randy Salman and Eric Edberg -- announces the release of its ninth compact disc, "United Artists," on the prestigious Mark Masters label. (courtesy photo)

The DePauw University Band, conducted by Dr. Craig Paré, has announced the release of its ninth compact disc, "United Artists."

As with three of its previous CDs ("Toccata Festiva," "Brooklyn Bridge" and "Starsplitter"), the newest release will be distributed on the Mark Masters label.

"United Artists" was recorded April 24-27 in DePauw's Kresge Auditorium.

"Being named to the Mark Masters label is an honor," Paré said. "The distinction means that we have not only been recognized for the high quality of our performances, but that we will also be distributed around the world alongside professional ensembles such as the United States Marine Band, 'The President's Own,' the United States Air Force Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony,and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.

"The quality of our students' performances is also a testament to the excellent teaching that takes place each day in the DePauw School of Music," he added.

Featured on this ninth compact disc are three School of Music faculty soloists: Carla Edwards, organ, Randy Salman, clarinet, and Eric Edberg, cello.

"This was a truly collaborative School of Music effort, and I am grateful to my colleague Suzanne Hassler for her work on the design and layout of our CD brochure, and to Dean Mark McCoy for his unwavering support of the CD recording project."

The playlist for "United Artists" includes the following selections:

--- "United Artists," Kenneth Fuchs.

-- "Avelynn's Lullaby," Joel Puckett.

-- "Concerto for Clarinet,' Artie Shaw, arr. Parsons; Randy Salman, clarinet.

-- "Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major," K. 361/370a, "Gran Partita," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

-- "Tramonto: Romanza for Cello and Wind Ensemble," Luis Serrano Alarc--n; Eric Edberg, cello.

-- "Aurora Awake," John Mackey.

-- Variations on "America," Charles Ives, arr. Schuman/Rhoads.

-- "Symphonie Concertante," Joseph Jongen, arr. Beckel IV. Toccata (Moto perpetuo), Carla Edwards, organ.

"United Artists" will be available commercially beginning Monday, Dec. 8 through retailers such as Amazon.com, iTunes, Spotify, Naxos Music Library, Classicsonline.com and Arkivmusic.com, each of whom currently features other University Band CD recordings.

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