UW-Parkside Professor Laura Rexroth, seen at left as the guest conductor at Band-O-Rama in February at Indian Trail High School, is conducting the UW-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band tonight.

Last call for UW-Parkside Alumni Concert Band

On May 11, in honor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s 50 Years celebration, an Alumni Concert Band will be performing in Bedford Concert Hall in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.

“If you played in the Parkside concert band, or if you played a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in the jazz ensemble, UW-Parkside invites you to retake the stage,” according to concert organizers. “All alumni musicians are invited to come back to campus for this spring Alumni Concert Band performance.”

The deadline for joining the Alumni Concert Band is Saturday (May 4). To take part in this event, fill out the form at

Check-in for the band begins at 12:15 p.m. on May 11 in the Picken Center lobby, with rehearsal from 1 to 4 p.m. that day. The concert starts that night at 7.

Alumni Concert Band members are then “free to stay and mingle with a wealth of talented musicians after the show during the reception,” organizers said. For more information and to register online, go to or contact UW-Parkside Conductor and Director of Bands Laura Rexroth at

Wind ensemble, Community Band performing May 9

Also at UW-Parkside in May, the university’s Wind Ensemble and Community Band are performing on May 9. At the concert, Rexroth will be joined by guest conductor Ray Cramer.

Cramer was a member of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty for 36 years. While he was the director of bands, the Indiana University Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances. Cramer remains involved in clinics and guest conducting engagements nationally and internationally.

The May 9 program will include “Gavorkna Fanfare” by Jack Stamp, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, “One Life Beautiful” by Julie Giroux, “After a Gentle Rain” by Anthony Iannaccone, “City Trees” by Michael Markowski, “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger and “Symphony No. IV: Bookmarks from Japan,” also by Giroux.

“It will be an evening of incredible music by talented performers,” Rexroth said. Tickets are $5 and $10; for more details, go to