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UC Music and Theatre Departments Hosts All Festival Bands


Members of the All-Festival Band performed on Tuesday, November 29th in the O. Wayne Rollins Center at University of the Cumberlands. The performance is an annual event that showcases the local high school talent in Southeastern Kentucky.

Williamsburg, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) music and theatre departments hosted the All Festival Bands from Sunday, November 27, through Tuesday, November 29.

The two All Festival Bands were composed of high school band students from the surrounding region. Students were chosen to participate through an audition process and the ones chosen to participate consider it an honor.

On Sunday the students arrived on UC’s campus where they spent the day and all day Monday rehearsing. UC’s Music Department presented a concert for the All-Festival participants while they were on break on Monday. The concert was a way to educate and entertain the high school students and to provide them with a glimpse of what UC has to offer them if they decide to attend college here.

On Tuesday morning and afternoon, the students did final preparations for their concert. Tuesday night the All Festival Band members performed in front of a packed house in the O. Wayne Rollins Center located on the UC campus.

The theatre department at University of the Cumberlands provided the rehearsal space for the All-Festival Symphonic Band. They also provided lighting, sound, and other logistics required for the Prism Concert that was presented for the All Festival Bands students.

The music department provided rehearsal space for the All-Festival Concert Band. They also provided percussion equipment for the Symphonic and Concert band. They helped to set up chairs, music stands, percussion equipment, and sound reinforcement shells for the rehearsals and the performances.

All-Festival Band is sponsored by a group of local high school band directors known as the Southeast Kentucky Music Association. These band directors formed the program many years ago to provide an opportunity for their students to rehearse and perform music in an educational setting where they could learn from guest directors that are respected music educators. Participating schools include; Bell County High School, Corbin High School, Harlan County High School, Harlan Independent School, Knox Central High School, Lincoln County High School, McCreary Central High School, Middlesboro High School, North Laurel High School, Pineville High School, Pulaski County High School, South Laurel High School, and Williamsburg High School.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.