FAMU Wind Symphony Becomes First HBCU Ensemble to Play Carnegie Hall


Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Wind Symphony made history when they performed at Carnegie Hall. They are the first classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to perform at Carnegie Hall and they are planned to perform at Kennedy Center in 2016.


They performed a 40-minute set featuring five pieces, the 60-member wind symphony played Donald Hunberger’s arrangement of John Williams’ “Star Wars Trilogy,” the powerful composition “Cloudburst” and Bob Lowden’s rousing “Dixieland Jam” which featured several soloists in the band and audience participation. A highlight of the concert was the wind symphony’s finale, David Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 7, Mvt. III.” To prepare for the performance, Maslanka Skyped in during rehearsals to help the band with the intricate piece.

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