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UWFox Hosts Annual Winter Concert

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is presenting its annual “Winter Concert” this Sunday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the campus’ Fine Arts Theatre. The concert features the Fox ValleyDr. Sackman Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Marc Sackman, Conductor, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at UWFox. The concert theme is, “British Music for the Winds,” with guest Martin D. “Marty” Erickson performing on the tuba.

The concert is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Fox Valley Concert Band is scheduled to perform “Flourish for Wind Band” Sea Songs;” “Concerto for Bass Tuba,” with Erickson performing on tuba; “The Year of the Dragon;” and, “Army of the Nile.”

Erickson was the principal and solo tubist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He had previously been the principal Eb Tubist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek (MI) for the past 15 years, and is a founding member of Milennium Brass Quintet, The Symphonia tuba-emporium ensemble, and the Tuba-Percussion duo Balance percussionist Alison Shaw.

Erickson has performed as a soloist and clinician in many countries around the world, as well as 48 of the USA’s 50 states. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Washington Masterworks Orchestra, the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and recently as principal tuba with the Green Bay Symphony.

Erickson has two jazz CD’s to his credit, “My Very Good Friend,” and “Smile.” He can be heard on over 40 recordings of orchestra, concert band, brass band, Dixieland jazz, folk, and children’s music. He is a past-president of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association and is currently the jazz editor for the Association’s “Journal” publication.

Sackman, as flutist and conductor, has performed in a wide range of musical ensembles and settings. Prior to coming to UWFox, he served as the conductor of the Rutgers Alumni Wind Symphony (NJ), the Director of Bands at Alfred University (NY) and the Director of Bands at Central Oregon Community College. He also plays baritone saxophone with the “Big Band Reunion” that performs regularly in Appleton.

There are over 60 members of the Fox Valley Concert Band, with approximately 40 musicians being residents of the Fox Cities community at-large representing a wide range of ages for band members. A unique aspect of the Fox Valley Concert Band is that a number of UWFox alumnae regularly return to practice and perform with the current year's musicians.

Besides the UWFox students, the Concert Band members’ backgrounds are quite diverse: some individuals are with major corporations, others are teachers, and several are retirees, all coming together to play in this group for the same reason: their love of music.

More information about the concert can be obtained from Sackman, 920-832-2625 or email marc.sackman@uwc.edu.

Posted on 3/2/2005