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Saint Xavier Welcomes New Director of Bands

Dr. Erik Janners to lead University Concert Band in first performance Sunday, Oct. 24

CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2004) – The University Concert Band will kick off the 2004 Fall Concert Series at Saint Xavier University with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center on the university’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street.  The concert will mark the debut of Saint Xavier’s new Director of Bands, Dr. Erik Janners. The Concert Band plans a performance to span its entire repertoire. Featured pieces will include Gustav Holst’s Second Suite, The Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, A Movement for Rosa by Mark Camphouse and Alfred Reed’s incomparable Russian Christmas Music. 

This music-filled afternoon is open to the public.  Tickets are $6 for general admission; $5 for senior citizens and visiting students and free for SXU faculty, staff and students. For a complete listing of the Fall Concert Series, please call (773) 298-3448. 
Dr. Janners brings to Saint Xavier his international reputation as a conductor, scholar and performer. Dr. Janners holds degrees in percussion performance from Alma College and the University of Utah. Dr. Janners earned his degree as Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at the University of Alabama.  

Prior to his arrival at Saint Xavier, Dr. Janners was Director of Bands at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.  In that position, he created the University of Regina Wind Ensemble, the University of Regina Honor Band and the University of Regina Conducting Symposium.  His ensembles toured throughout Canada, and he created his own television show, “For the Love of Music,” to bring the music of concert bands and wind ensembles to the people of Saskatchewan.

During his time in Canada, Dr. Janners remained extremely active as a percussionist, performing as an additional percussionist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra in addition to maintaining an active solo and chamber music performing career.  His most recent percussion performance experiences have included two solo recitals, and a performance of Bela Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

As a scholar, Dr. Janners has had numerous articles published in the Instrumentalist magazine, as well as in Canadian Winds, the National Periodical of the Canadian Band Association.  He is in great demand as an adjudicator and clinician in both the US and Canada, and has conducted many festival bands and honor bands in Saskatchewan and Alabama.