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MVNU spring band concert to include the Worthington Civic Band

April 2, 2012

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio --The MVNU Wind Ensemble will perform works by American composers E. E. Bagley, Aaron Copland, Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, and John Williams. In addition, senior trombonist Michael Weaver will be featured on Ferdinand David's "Concertino for Trombone." The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. John Packard. Students representing several states, a variety of academic majors and a number of different denominational backgrounds are involved.

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The Worthington Civic Band was formed in 1973, and is sponsored by the Worthington Parks and Recreation Department. The band has performed at the 1975, 1993 and 2001 American School Band Directors Association National Conventions, the 1983, 1989, 1992 and the 1998 Ohio Music Education Association State Conferences. The band traveled to Europe in July 1992, playing concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the summer of 1995, they performed in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London and in July 1997, performed at Disney World. The band toured and performed in Australia in July 2000 and performed in Hawaii in June 2001. In June of 2003, they traveled to Italy, performing in Venice, Florence and Rome. The band traveled to Ireland and Scotland in July 2007, performing in Kinsale and Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland. Most recently the band traveled to Spain and Portugal in July 2010, performing in Madrid, Carmona and Lisbon. Members range in age from 24 to 85, and many were college music majors. They must be past high school age and attend weekly rehearsals.

The Worthington Civic Band is directed by Elaine Ostrander. After playing clarinet in the band for five years, Elaine Ostrander became the director in 1980. She was the band director at Danville High School in Ohio for 25 years, and then became President of the family business, Colonial Music, upon her retirement. Her degrees from The Ohio State University include a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance, Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts. She was inducted into the Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame at the University of Akron in December 1993, and received the prestigious Columbus Symphony Community Educators Award in May 2000. In June 2001, Elaine was inducted into the Columbus Senior Musicians Hall of Fame and received their 2001 "Music Man" Award. Elaine received the ASBDA Edwin Franko Goldman Award at the 2008 ASBDA National Convention in Milwaukee and the OMEA Distinguished Service Award at the 2009 State Conference. She currently serves as an Educational Representative for Colonial Music/Music and Arts, calling on schools in the Central Ohio Area.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.

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