On This Day in IUPUI History: November 27, 1990

November 27, 1990. 

On this day, the IUPUI Concert Band, directed by Doug Smith, played music in the University Theatre housed in the Mary Cable building on the IUPUI campus. The concert was sponsored by the School of Music at IUPUI. Professor of music Dr. Darrel L. Bailey, director of the IUPUI music program, performed with the band at the piano.

As a special treat, the band performed an original Concerto for Faculty and Band. Guest soloists were IUPUI vice chancellors Gene Tempel and Bob Martin, as well as Very Important Person Connie Pottenger, "none of whom," it was observed, "have any appreciable musical talent." They played "invented" musical instruments of "dubious origin and quality." 

The School of Music sponsored two other musical group in performances in the following days. First, the IUPUI African-American Choral Ensemble, directed by Bessie Colwin, performed on November 30 in a program including holiday fare. As well, the IUPUI Jazz Ensemble presented big-band sounds by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and others on December 1.

Finally, a new campus group, City Sounds, a show choir, performed for the first time on December 7 and 8 in the University Place auditorium. The ensemble of twelve singers and dancers performed hits from Broadway shows, as well as Christmas music. 

Music has had a lively presence at IUPUI through the years. Perhaps overshadowed by the conservatory in Bloomington, many students have honed their musical skills with instruction and performance.

IUPUI Swing Choir, 1990 290-3873-002

To learn more about musical life at IUPUI, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu.

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