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WSU organ professor takes stage for concert
Published 4/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Jill Schneider, instructor of organ in the WSU School of Music, will be featured in the symphonic band and wind ensemble concert for this year's Band-O-Rama.

Schneider will play the organ with the symphonic band for one piece and the wind ensemble for three. This is her first time performing with the groups.

“(The conductors) thought it would be fun to have a concert where we kinda play together,” she said. “Playing with the band is, I think, somewhat unusual.”

Schneider said the organ is capable of sounding like the orchestral sounds of the bands she will be playing with. As someone who plays a self-contained instrument, playing with these bands is nice, she said.

David Turnbull, also a professor of music, is in charge of the symphonic band, which consists of 45 students. They will be joined by the Pullman Community Band, which Turnbull said gives them an opportunity to play more pieces.

“With a relatively small number like that, you're limited to the choice of pieces that you can play,” he said. “Then we start to look at repertoire that neither one of us could play on our own but it gives the members of our two groups the opportunity to play when we put them together.”

Adding the community band to the symphonic band also helps them balance the organ. The sounds of the 45 players would have been drowned out otherwise, Turnbull said. Eighty members, however, allow the organ and the bands to complement one another.

Both Turnbull and Schneider recognize the concert is a new opportunity for their students. Schneider said she benefits from the opportunity with the students, too.

“For me, it's very special to get a chance to play with the students,” Schneider said. “Usually they're playing and we're listening, or we're playing and they're listening. But to do something where we're playing together, that's fun and special for me.”

The concert is free for the public to attend. It will take place at 8 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre.

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