Wind Symphony To Present Free Concert: Daniel Honeycutt ’14 Is Featured Soloist

The Allegheny College Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble will present its fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3:15 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free.

The ensemble is under the direction of Lowell Hepler, professor of music. The featured trumpet soloist for the concert is Daniel Honeycutt, a senior at Allegheny College. The Saxophone Ensemble will provide pre-concert music in the Campus Center lobby.

The Wind Symphony is a 90-member symphonic band, with membership open by audition to all Allegheny College students. Wind Symphony students have been honored at the state level through acceptance to the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band and at the national level through acceptance to the National Small College Intercollegiate Band and the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Sunday’s program begins with “The Melody Shop,” a march by Karl King, followed by Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale,” conducted by Julie Hepler, assistant professor of music. Daniel Honeycutt will be the featured trumpet soloist, performing “Napoli” by Herman Belstedt.

Hindemith’s March from “Symphonic Metamorphosis” is next, followed by Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Folk Song Suite.” “October,” a musical depiction of that month written by Eric Whitacre, is next, and the concert concludes with “Jubilation,” from James Barnes’ Fifth Symphony.

Honeycutt, a double major in music and political science, is from Huntingtown, Maryland. A two-time participant in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band, he attended the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference and hopes to earn a master’s degree in trumpet performance. He is a student of Jennifer Dearden, assistant professor of music.

Lowell Hepler is professor of music and director of bands at Allegheny College. He has served as a guest conductor for music festivals ranging from County through All-State levels and as an adjudicator for PMEA Music Assessments. Hepler is Principal Tuba with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lake Erie Ballet Company.

He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association and the Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity. He has also served as the Pennsylvania state chair of the College Band Directors National Association. He was the 2010 recipient of the Nu Chapter, Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster of the Year Award and the 2013 Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching at Allegheny College.