Band Concert to be held at University of Mount Olive November 7

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will be the featured artists of the 2013 Fall Concert.  The event is scheduled for November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall (previously Mount Olive High School auditorium) located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.  The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The fall concert selections include a number of standard wind pieces including:   Johan Halvorsen’s Entry March of The Boyars, John Morrissey’s Music for a Ceremony, Gustav Holsts’ First Suite in E-flat, Op.28 No.1 and Frank Ticheli’s Cajon Folk Songs.

The final number of the evening will be Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! written by Eric Whitacre and premiered in 1996.  An undergraduate of the University of Nevada and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Whitacre wrote the piece as much for fun as for fulfilling a commissioning by his alma mater.   Bill Ford, chair of the Music Department said, “Whitacre refers to the composition as ‘something completely ridiculous.’  The players are called upon to scream in terror, dress like Elvis impersonators, and play in about 30 different musical styles, from mambo to cheesy lounge music.  The audience will follow a “script’ that Whitacre wrote simulating a campy, over the top Godzilla movie.”

The MOC Symphonic Band will be assisted in the production by the University of Mount Olive Fine Arts Department, as well as a number of guest musicians.

This year the MOC Jazz Band has some new faces and some students more familiar to the jazz improvisation scene.   Ford said, “The basis of all Jazz music is to take a melody and expand upon it as the mood moves you during a live performance.  While this can be a bit intimidating to the newly initiated, the members of the MOC Jazz Band continue to develop their skills in the Jazz tradition and look to their fellow members and the audience for encouragement and inspiration.”

For more information about the Band Concert, please contact Bill Ford at or by phone at 919-658-7818.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values.  The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville, For more information, visit