Saginaw Valley State University’s Cardinal marching band will perform in its 40th annual indoor concert during a send-off performance for its longtime director.
Bill Wollner, SVSU associate professor of music, will direct an ensemble of 112 student musicians Monday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Encompassing students of various academic backgrounds, the marching band performs at all home football games and other fall events on campus.
The concert will be Wollner’s last as marching band director. He is retiring in the spring after 34 years as band director.
Wollner described his feelings on his retirement and final concert as marching band director as “bittersweet.”
“We’ve worked really hard over these past 34 years, and there comes a time when you want to move on and do something different,” he said.
Wollner added that, while he’s excited for retirement, he will miss directing and the people he worked with.
“I’ve worked with some of these people for over 30 years, so that’s the part you’ll miss,” he said.
The program lineup will consist of renditions from popular songs such as Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries,” Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Mark Ronson's “Uptown Funk,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic,” Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and Styx’s “The Best Of Times.”
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information on the concert, visit SVSU's Department of Music online at www.svsu.edu/music.