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AASU wind ensemble to perform 'Yosemite Autumn'
10.17 Wind Ensemble
The AASU wind ensemble will play at the Armstrong Center Ballroom. - photo by Photo provided

The Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music and Theatre (AASU AMT) announces a venue change for its fall 2008 University Wind Ensemble concert, “Yosemite Autumn.” The band will hold its Oct. 21 concert at the Armstrong Center Ballroom (ACB), located at 13040 Abercorn St., beginning at 7:30 p.m.  

Current renovations of the AASU Fine Arts Auditorium have necessitated the venue change, but the AASU music program has found a merry match in the ACB to serve as its temporary concert hall. Spring 2008 concert goers attended several AASU music ensemble events in the Armstrong Center Ballroom finding the acoustics to be quite pleasing and the close proximity of seating to the performers to be engaging.

Director Mark B. Johnson has programmed “Impressions of Japan” by James Barnes, Dmitri Kabalevsky’s “Overture to Colas Breugnon,” and the bright and expansive symphonic poem “Yosemite Autumn” by American composer Mark Camphouse to highlight the concert.

Johnson’s conducting responsibilities at AASU include leading the Savannah Winds, the university wind ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. He also teaches conducting, music education courses, and he coordinates the wind and brass studies divisions. Johnson has completed post-graduate studies in band and orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas.

He received his master’s of music degree in conducting and brass pedagogy from Louisiana State University and his bachelor’s of music education degree from Murray State University.

Advance Wind Ensemble tickets may be purchased in person by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard at the AASU AMT Box Office, located in the AASU Fine Arts Building. Make checks payable to AASU. AMT box office hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays. Order by phone with Visa or MasterCard by calling 344-2801, or order online at

General admission tickets to the concert are only $6. Please make checks payable to AASU. AASU students are admitted free with valid AASU ID.

Any remaining tickets are available at the Fine Arts Box Office one hour before the concert.  Call 344-2801 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, for concert or departmental information.