Music gives attention to environment issues

UW-Green Bay students and faculty joined in efforts to enforce daily environmentally friendly practices. Compartmentalized garbage bins, hydration stations and a charge for plastic bags at the Corner Store are just a couple of things being done to promote a green campus.

At the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts March 1, the UWGB Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble showed their support for the environmentally conscious curriculum. UWGB Director of Bands, Kevin Collins, conducted a performance that not only displayed musical talent, but it embodied the concept of keeping the environment unpolluted.

The creative theme for the concert was “Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.” It made connections with the university’s environmental viewpoints and recycled old music to new.

Stephanie Sension, senior education major, believes the creative effort the band made to create awareness for the environment is an approach that should be utilized by others in the future.

“I think this was a good choice for the first concert of the spring semester,” Sension said. “Any attempt to better the environment is very respectable, but I truly think that using creativity when coming up with a strategy attracts more people to create awareness.”

The Symphonic Band performed compositions from notable composers, fitting within the theme “reused, repurposed and recycled.” These older songs were reused and performed in new ways. Some of the songs from the chosen composers were “Joy Revisited” by Frank Ticheli, “Highland Echoes” by Larry Daehn, and a collection of hymns by Giovanni P. da Palestrina arranged by John Moss.

The Wind Ensemble recycled arrangements from two works including “Suite from the Dansyre” by Tilman Susato, arranged by Larry Dunnigan, and “Giles Farnaby Suite” by Gordon Jacob. All performed pieces highlighted the theme of the concert.

Senior Psychology major Haley Oelke applauds the efforts the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble have made to keep this campus aware of environmental concerns.

“Seeing an organization take their talents and utilize them for this cause is inspirational,” Oelke said. “I hope to see more groups on campus following in the bands’ footsteps, and I believe it will make a positive impact on the environment and well-being of our community.”

The concert differed from those the band has performed in the past, setting it apart in a positive way. The innovative theme made an interesting show that many related to.

The band itself and the department both played a role in the success of the environmentally friendly concert. Collins experience pushed the Music Program here at UWGB to new levels since he took over as Director of Bands in 1995. At the beginning of his time as director, Collins led the remodeling of music practice and instructional facilities at UWGB.

Collins has conducted honor bands throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, and many other professional and other ensembles as well.

The “reused, repurposed, recycled” theme is not only catchy, but creats awareness of the environment through something new—the sound of music.