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Blue Band Announces Annual ‘Bandorama’ Concert

The College of Arts & Architecture, in conjuncture with the Blue Band, will hold its annual “Bandorama” concert on Friday, October 30, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in Eisenhower Auditorium, and will feature a blend of halftime music and other fan favorites from the Blue Band as well as a performance from Penn State School of Music’s Symphonic Band.

Conducted by Director Greg Drane, the Blue Band will play hits from the halftime show, such as “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder. The band will also include some upbeat numbers like “The Jazz Police” and “Malagueña.” The Blue Band Silks and the Penn State Majorettes will also perform, headlined by a solo performance from Blue Sapphire Rachel Reiss.

Penn State’s Symphonic Band features full wind and percussion ensembles and will play pieces from the concert band repetory. The members of the 80-piece ensemble are selected at the beginning of each semester via an audition process and, like all of Penn State’s bands, can come from any major.

Drane says that he and the Blue Band are excited to put on a great show for the Penn State faithful. “Bandorama is our showcase event of the year. It’s really an opportunity to focus on the members of the Blue Band and the hard work they put in all season,” Drane said. “We can’t wait to pack the house at Eisenhower Auditorium and put on a great show.”

Tickets are available through the box office at Eisenhower Auditorium. Adult tickets will cost $16 and youth tickets will run at $6 apiece, but Penn State students will receive a discounted rate of $11.

For more details regarding the event, check out the “Bandorama” event page on Facebook. Don’t miss this incredible showcase brought to you by the greatest marching band in the country as well as concert band classics from Penn State’s Symphonic Band.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with additional information.

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.

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