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By Audrey Forbes
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band will hold its first concert of 2017 on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.

The concert, the only performance of the academic school year that features just the Symphonic Band, is free and open to the public.

In addition to the regular concert, the Symphonic Band will recognize chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma fraternities for 50 years of service at UCA. Members and alumni from both fraternities will join the Symphonic Band in playing “Rondo Jubiloso” by John Zdechilk, a piece commissioned for the 57th anniversary of the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band.

Brantley Douglas, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands, who will conduct the piece, said he looked forward to working with the alums of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

“These organizations have been a vital part of the ongoing success of the band program here, and I am honored to be able to recognize them at this concert,” Douglas said.

The band will play five additional selections: “RS-1” by Lamont Down, conducted by graduate student Nathan Rakow; “A Bernstein Tribute” to commemorate the 99th birthday of Leonard Bernstein; “Come Sweet Death” by J.S. Bach, conducted by graduate student Mykala Parker; “I’m Seventeen Come Sunday” by Percy Grainger; and “Satiric Dances” by Norman Dello Joio.

For additional information, contact Douglas at 501-450-5022 or

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call 501-450-3293.