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ASU Symphonic Band, Marine Band conducting joint concert

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany State University Symphonic Band and the Albany Marine Band of the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command will perform in their ninth annual joint concert Thursday evening.

Formed in 1990, the Albany Marine Band is one of only 12 bands throughout the Marine Corps. Members spend much of their time performing across the country and abroad as musical ambassadors. In addition to their musical duties, these Marines are fully qualified in marksmanship, Marine combat training and physical fitness.

During the concert, the ASU Symphonic Band will perform "Punchinello" by Alfred Reed, "Incantation and Dance" by John Barnes Chance, Irish tune from "County Derry and Shepherd's Hey" by Percy Grainger, "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi, March Medley: "The Vanished Army" by Kenneth Alford and "Americans We" by Henry Fillmore.

The ASU Symphonic Band consists of about 60 musicians conducted by Dr. Michael Martin and Jesse Walker. This band is one of several instrumental ensembles in the Department of Fine Arts.

Martin holds degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University. He is a professor of music education and music history.

Walker holds a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Florida A&M University, a master's degree in music education from Georgia State University and an educational specialist degree in music education from Troy University in Troy, Ala. Walker has taught band, choir and general music in the public schools of Southwest Georgia for more than 32 years. He also performed with the U.S. Army Band, Chorus Europe, and the Seventh Army Symphony during his military career.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the ACAD Auditorium. There is no admission charge. For more information, contact the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849.