Two Concerts Showcase Talents of Young Musicians From Throughout Region
 Wind ensemble
Dr. Doug Presley will conduct the Limestone Wind Ensemble and Honor Band this weekend.

Two performances showcasing the skills and talents of some of the most gifted young musicians in the tri-state region are scheduled for this week at Limestone College.

The College's Wind Ensemble will present their winter concert Friday evening, February 1, at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, February 2, participants of the College's Honor Band Clinic will present a concert at 2:00 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public, and will be held in Limestone's Fullerton Auditorium.


Dr. Doug Presley, Associate professor of Music Education at Limestone, will serve as conductor for both performances.

About Friday's performance by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble, Dr. Presley said "We are very excited about the program, but specifically we are excited to perform John Mackey's 'Aurora Awakes.' It is a truly beautiful and exciting work, that actually uses a guitar riff from U2's smash hit 'Where The Streets Have No Name.' Although the work itself is about Aurora, the Greek Goddess of Light, the use of U2's theme is interwoven and works beautifully well."

Saturday's Honor Band concert will feature 212 middle school and high school students from throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. The group is scheduled to be on the Limestone campus Thursday-Saturday for the College's 7th Annual Honor Band Clinic.

"The entire Honor Band concert on Saturday of the clinic will feature music that the students have never performed before. So the concert will be performed with only a few hours of practice. This type of format displays the wonderful talent of these students to be able to prepare, in a very short time, a concert performance," explained Dr. Presley. "Seeing all of the honor band students on stage performing is always special because they are all so excited to show the audience just how good they are.