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Fine Arts Division Presents Pepperdine Wind Ensemble Performance
The Pepperdine University Wind Ensemble, directed by Tony Cason, will perform at Smothers Theatre Thursday, Mar. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on the Malibu campus.
The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the most talented wind, brass, and percussion students on the campus. Its repertoire ranges from traditional band literature, one-on-a-part chamber works, and world premieres to contemporary works for wind band.
Cason, director of bands and conductor of the University Orchestra, joined the University in 2005 having served as the deputy commander of the United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own," in Washington, D.C. There, he served as the musical director of the United States Army Orchestra, the United States Army Strings, and the world renowned United States Army Herald Trumpets. Cason was also the principal director of music for the Virginia International Military Tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia.
He appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He led the United States Army Band in Edinburgh, Scotland, Strangnas, Sweden, Oslo, Norway, Brisbane, Australia, Seoul, and South Korea, and has conducted bands in Canada, England, Australia, South Korea, and Spain. Cason has been on numerous recordings and television broadcasts including the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the "Kennedy Center Honors," "Christmas in Washington," "A Capitol Fourth," the Inaugurations and Inauguration Galas for Presidents George W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton, and other special events from the National Mall.
Cason has performed at the White House and also with some of America's best-known artists, including Jesseye Norman, John Williams, James McCracken, Louie Bellson, Doc Severinson, Arturo Sandoval, Elvis Presley, and Duke Ellington. He has led his ensembles in performances at prestigious international, national, and local music conferences to include the American Bandmasters Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Band Association, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the International Double Reed Conference, the International Clarinet Conference, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and the Brevard Music Center.