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EIU Wind Symphony, PBL High School Band to Present 'Call of Duty'


The Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony and Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Concert Band will present a Veterans Day concert, "The Call of Duty," as a tribute to those who have served our country.

The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Dvorak Concert Hall.

The first half of the program will feature the PBL High School Concert Band, directed by a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Timothy Hess, who currently serves in the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest. Their portion of the program will include Harold Walters’ "Duty, Honor, Country," a piece featuring narration of text adapted from an address given by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in May 1962.

The second half of the concert will feature the EIU Wind Symphony, the flagship ensemble of EIU music department's band area. The 47-member Wind Symphony is conducted by Milton Allen, Eastern’s director of bands, with guest conductors Barry Houser (associate director of bands) and Joshua Kumpula.

The EIU Wind Symphony program will incorporate a diverse array of music influenced by the American spirit, including Randall Thompson’s "Alleluia" and "Armed Forces Salute," a medley featuring each branch of the U.S. military which will honor veterans in the audience.

Admission will be $12 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available in the Doudna Fine Arts Center box office (217-581-3110) from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be reserved via email at

This program is presented by the EIU music department in cooperation with the the Doudna Fine Arts Center, divisions of EIU's College of Arts and Humanities. The Doudna is located one block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue in Charleston.

Doudna Fine Arts Center public arts programs are funded by the New and Emerging Artists Series Endowment, by the Excellence in Fine Arts Fund, and by the EIU departments and other patrons as listed.

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