As the celebration of the University's first 100 years dawns, audience members at the Wind Symphony Concert in Kobacker Hall tonight will be treated to the premiere of "Sounds of the Centennial," composed by alumnus Ryan Nowlin. The concert is part of the 52nd annual Band Music Reading and Directors Clinic at BGSU.
The BGSU Centennial Commission named Nowlin's composition the winner of the Centennial Fanfare Competition.
"Nowlin's fanfare stood out for the way it conveys a sense of energy and excitement and heralding of the University's next century," said Centennial Co-Chair Kim McBroom. "It recalls the past with a bit of solemnity but also chimes a celebration of the present. It's a joyous piece of music."
Nowlin earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University in 2000 and 2004, respectively, in music education and music education/conducting. He has also been a BGSU instructor in conducting and band scoring, as well as a staff arranger for the Falcon Marching Band.
"Many of my friends, alumni of BGSU, had informed me of the contest and encouraged me to enter," recalled Nowlin, an instrumental music teacher in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools in Cleveland's southern suburbs. "BGSU has had a profound impact on me, my life and my family. I decided I had to enter, as I owe much to this institution and her professors."
"Sounds of the Centennial" isn't Nowlin's first acclaimed fanfare. His "A Christmas Fanfare" is featured as the opening piece on "Snowed In. . . Again," a Tower Brass Quintet CD. He has been commissioned to write for brass quintet, tuba quartet, horn ensemble, and solo horn and piano, as well as for concert bands with members ranging from beginners to professionals. Nowlin is also a staff arranger for the Kansas State University marching band.
Centennial events topic of podcast
Tune in to this week's podcast as Larry Weiss, co-chair of the Centennial Anniversary Commission, discusses BGSU's Centennial and the events planned to celebrate the anniversary throughout 2010.
Dr. Greg Rich (right), chair of the marketing department, chats with Samuel Driscoll and his mother, Ann, who came from Middleburg Heights for Business Recruitment Day.
Today, BGSU is hosting high school seniors at the Business Recruitment Day, featuring business-related academic programs in the colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development. Thanks to all campus community members who have organized and participated in this innovative recruiting event. If you have the opportunity, please welcome these prospective students and parents to our campus.
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