ALBION, Mich. — Spring truly blooms on Friday, April 25 as Albion College’s Symphonic Band holds their annual spring concert at 8 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel. Combining traditional band repertoire with spontaneous performances by music education students, this concert is sure to be one for the history books.

Led by Samuel McIlhagga, assistant professor of music, the symphonic band presents an entertaining and amusing concert. The percussion and brass are full of life in “Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual” by Robert Smith, an internationally-acclaimed piece that has become famous in concert band. Another selection includes “Star Wars” by John Williams, arranged by Donald Hunsberger, a new version of the music of The Imperial March, Yoda’s Theme and the Main Theme. According to McIlhagga, a little theatre might be included with the music.

The main event comes with “Experiments in Musical Performance,” a spontaneous trial run by music education students Amy Alcenius and Sarah Hoisingtont. “As part of their Albion coursework, "they have selected two commonly known songs to present to an audience in a new and unique way,” stated McIlhagga. “Their intention is to create a new way of performing that incorporates the audience into the performance.”

This performance is free and open to the public. For a schedule of upcoming concerts visit our website at or contact the Albion College Music department at 517/629-0481 or .