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For Immediate Release
April 08, 2019

Sweetwater–Mynett Music WindFest to Bring Middle and High School Bands to Purdue University Fort Wayne

Key Info

  • WindFest 2019 in Rhinehart Music Center
  • Sponsored by Sweetwater-Mynett Music
  • Wednesday and Thursday, April 10–11
  • Performances are free and open to the public

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The halls of the Rhinehart Music Center on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus will be crowded with teenage musicians from 23 middle and high school bands on Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11. These talented young students will be performing in the School of Music’s annual WindFest, sponsored by Sweetwater and Mynett Music.

WindFest gives each band the incredible opportunity to play for clinicians who are instrumental conductors from around the United States.

“Each ensemble will receive feedback of their performance,” said John Egger, Purdue Fort Wayne’s director of music education and the driving force behind the annual noncompetitive festival. “Additionally, each ensemble will receive a 30-minute clinic that will offer helpful feedback to enhance their next performance at the state-evaluation level.”

Clinicians this year are George Boulden, University of Kentucky; Cormac Cannon, University of South Carolina; Jaclyn Hartenberger, University of Georgia; and Alfred L. Watkins, retired director of bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia.

John O’Connell, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue Fort Wayne, is an avid supporter of the event.

“Ours is the only university in Indiana providing this incredible opportunity for middle and high school students,” said O’Connell, “And thanks to John Egger, this program has grown from 11 bands just a few years ago to the 23 that are attending this year. This is a testament to the rapid rise of our new School of Music.”

The bands will be playing in the Auer Performance Hall, located in the Rhinehart Music Center on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus, beginning at 9:30 each morning and continuing all day. All performances are free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Susan Alderman, at 260-481-6165 (office), 260-489-5349 (cell), or susan.alderman@pfw.edu.

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