Music lovers are invited to pull up a chair and enjoy an old-fashioned summer band concert that will combine the talents of the Friends University Concert Band and the Senseney Music Community Band, conducted by Bill Johnson, to form a mass band for this event.
The University Band Concert performance is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday May 1 on the Rose Window Plaza in front of the Davis Administration Building. Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for seating.
Admission to the concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Proceeds will benefit Youth Horizons, a Wichita organization that works with troubled youth.
Earnest Alexander, executive director for Youth Horizons, will perform several solos during the concert. Alexander, a graduate of Friends University, is a well-known gospel singer. He will also speak about the work done by Youth Horizons. The band will play patriotic and popular selections along with several American marches. Schwan’s will also serve ice cream at the concert, and a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Youth Horizons.
“This is a great event for the whole family,” said Dr. John Taylor, professor of music at Friends University. “Those who attend will hear familiar tunes performed by the mass band. In this outdoor setting, children and pets are welcome. This concert is a great way to kick-off the summer. At the same time, this concert will benefit the great work done by Youth Horizons. I would encourage everyone to come expecting a great summer band experience – and to bring a planned donation for Youth Horizons.”
For more information on this event or any other fine arts performance at Friends University, contact the Fine Arts box office at 316-295-5677.