February 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m. CDT
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Lincoln, Nebraska- The 2016 Nebraska Intercollegiate Band has accepted three students from Peru State College.  The intercollegiate band will perform a free and open to the public concert at 8 p.m. on March 4 on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus.

Guest conductor Dr. Travis Cross will lead the band through two days of eight-hour rehearsals with two performances of the intercollegiate band: an opening concert on March 3 and a public concert on March 4. Cross is currently an associate professor of music and department vice chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Pat Fortney, director of bands at Peru State, said, “Intercollegiate band is an excellent opportunity for musicians from around the state to collaborate and grow musically.  They’ll bring that growth back to our campus, spreading the benefit of their attendance to several groups and ensembles.”

Damian Causgrove of Nebraska City, Nebraska will play the baritone saxophone for the intercollegiate band.  Causgrove is a sophomore majoring in Math Education.

Lowgaen Schmidt of Louisville, Nebraska will play the French horn.  Schmidt is a senior majoring in Music Education.

Michael Cassavant of Lincoln, Nebraska will play the Tuba in the intercollegiate band.  Cassavant is a senior majoring in Music Education.

The 2016 Intercollegiate Band is sponsored by the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association was founded as an unincorporated educational organization in 1962 for anyone interested in the improvement of school bands.


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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a 1000 Oaks" is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college's ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.