UNCW Wind Symphony and Chamber WindsFriday, Dec. 6, 2013Mainstage Theatre, located in the Cultural Arts building on Randall Drive$5 general public / free eto students with valid UNCW IDThere are no advance ticket sales.Tickets go on sale one hour prior to performance at the Cultural Arts box office.Note: seating will be limited for this event.Conductor:John P. LaCognataGuest conductor:Matthew F. Edwards, director of bands, Fuquay-Varina High School.Conducted by John P. LaCognata, Wind Symphony is UNCW’s premiere symphonic. Its members consist of students from across the university campus, including both music majors and non-music majors. Wind Symphony performs the finest literature available for winds including traditional wind band repertoire, marches, transcriptions, and the newest 21st century works. Wind Symphony regularly features guest soloists and guest conductors. Chamber Winds is comprised of the top musicians from each section of the Wind Symphony. The repertoire for the Chamber Winds includes works written for concert band and wind ensemble, as well as standard wind literature written for smaller ensembles of all sizes. Under LaCognata’s baton, Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds have become an important addition to Wilmington’s musical landscape. Students, teachers, and anyone who enjoys music for symphonic bands will be delighted by the performances.LaCognata received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois, his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting at the University of Florida, where he was awarded a Doctoral Teaching Fellowship. He has served on the faculties of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University, and Iowa State University. At the secondary level, he held positions at Hillcrest High School (Country Club Hills, Illinois), Tavares High School (Tavares, Florida), Cypress Creek High School (Orlando, Florida), and Winter Park High School (Winter Park, Florida). Under LaCognata's leadership, the Winter Park band program received recognition within the state of Florida and throughout the country. The Sound of the Wildcats Marching Band appeared at the 2005 Autozone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, the 2002 Blue Cross Blue Shield Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, and the 2000 Sylvania Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The Wind Ensemble at Winter Park performed at the 2002 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was a featured ensemble at the "President's Concert" at the 2007 Florida Music Educators' Association Conference in Tampa, Florida. The highlight of LaCognata's tenure at Winter Park was the Wind Ensemble performance at the 60th Anniversary of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in 2006. LaCognata has served as a guest conductor and clinician for bands and honor bands throughout the United States. He is a freelance trumpet player and a former member of the Cathedral Brass. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference and the International Trumpet Guild.For more information, contact the Department of Music Monday-Friday 8-5:email@example.comAnd you can stay tuned by joining our mailing list.Contact us at the email or phone number above.Directions to Mainstage Theatre:Campus MapPlenty of free parking, right in front of the building.