Generations Reunite for Alumni Band Concert

UNC Music Professors Ken Singleton, left, and Richard Mayne will conduct the UNC Alumni Reunion Band's performance July 24.

A first-ever UNC alumni band concert July 24 that's part of UNC's Concerts Under the Stars series promises to be an entertaining evening for concert-goers at the Garden Theatre. But for some of the musicians who'll be playing, it will be more than just another gig. It will be a musical trip down memory lane.

"I'm so excited! My 20-year reunion pales in comparison," said bassoon player Karen Crews Gregg (BM-97), a Greeley native who's now the band director at Lyons (Colo.) Middle/Senior High School. "Being a music major is more than just a course of study. It's not really about classwork, but about relationships with other students that may be forged at two in the morning in practice rooms."

Shanna (BME-98, MM-03) and Peter (BME-98, MM-07) Toevs know firsthand about relationships harmonizing in band. The flutist and trumpeter met in band at UNC and fell in love. The couple, now married with twins, will both play at the alumni concert.

"Shanna and I played in the Summer Symphonic Band Series so we are really looking forward to this," Peter said.

The symphonic series was the predecessor of Concerts Under the Stars, which includes performances by both UNC and non-UNC bands.

As band director at Mountain View High School in nearby Loveland, Peter expects to play with some of his former students who have since completed music degrees at UNC and the reunion concert's organizer agrees.

"We will have several generations represented," said UNC Associate Director of Bands Richard Mayne. "We expect to have 80 to 100 people on stage. Anybody who was ever in any UNC band is invited to come play."

Most of the alumni who have signed up to play in the concert are band teachers or performers who graduated between 1962 and 2011.

Mayne and UNC Director of Bands Kenneth Singleton will be conducting and many students are coming back for the opportunity to play with the influential professors again.

"The success of music school can be attributed to Dr. Mayne and Dr. Singleton and the relationship they have with each other and with the students," Gregg said. "They share such strong educational values, a passion for music, and a complete commitment to each and every individual student."

- Amy Dressel Martin,

If You Go
UNC Alumni Band Concert
Tuesday, July 24; 8 p.m.; Garden Theatre
Free admission. Blankets, picnic food and lawn chairs are welcome.

Reunion Info
July 23 and 24