DEFIANCE, Ohio –Defiance College Community Band will hold its season opening concert on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Titled ‘A Tribute to Our Veterans…Defenders of Freedom,’ the event will take place in the Defiance Community Auditorium. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Featured soloist will be Rebecca Davidson.
Davidson, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, holds a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College, where she studied flute with Michel Debost. While earning her master of music degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, she studied with Dr. Bradley Garner and Jack Wellbaum. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of musical arts degree in flute performance at the Catholic University of America, where she studies with Toshiko Kohno, principal flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, she is a Staff Sergeant and Fife Instrumentalist in the US Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, “The Official Ceremonial Unit and Escort to the President.” Davidson also studied the baroque flute, and is currently performing in the Fife and Drum Corps’ Baroque Flute Ensemble.
Davidson has also performed with the Lima Symphony in January 2004, and was the 2003 runner-up in the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. She was a soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra in 2005, and in October 2008, she performed a flute duet with the Alexandria Band in Alexandria, Vir.
Special guest narrator will be Dr. Don Buerk.
Dr. Buerk will narrate the Gettysburg Address accompanied by the DCCB. He is an associate professor of history at Defiance College and earned a doctorate from the University of Toledo and bachelor's and master's degrees from Bowling Green State University. At Defiance, Dr. Buerk teaches classes in U.S. history, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. presidency as well as the history of modern Europe. He is an Associate Fellow to Cambodia through the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity. Dr. Buerk is an advisor to Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and is a co-advisor to the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program and the Black Action Student Association.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of engagement. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
October 20, 2009