Liverpool High School to present Band Festival March 16

The Liverpool High School Band Department will present its 26th Annual Band Festival at 7 p.m. on March 16 in the LHS auditorium.

Guest conductor for the Band Festival is Stephen Melillo, one of the most prolific composers in America. His more than 1,010 works span from the IBM Thinkpad(r) Demo to the Concerto for Violin & Orchestra.

In 2005, his documentary in music, "Kakehashi: That we might live" was nominated for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Music. Marking 60 years since the end of World War II, this 70-minute work made international history. Inspired by and dedicated to the survivors of the Bataan Death March, Kakehashi was recorded by an ensemble of two American choruses and 143 world-class Japanese Military Musicians specially appointed for this historic occasion by the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

In 2006, his recording "Stormworks Chapter 5:8, Writings on the Wall," was nominated in four categories in the first round of the 49th Grammy Awards. In 2008, the "visually scored" DVD version of "That we might live" was nominated at the 50th Grammy Awards in the Long Form Documentary caption, and won two Telly Film Awards for History/Biography and Music Concert.

His scoring work can be found in 14 feature films, 28 network television programs and in the 1991 Academy Award-nominated movie "12:01PM" starring Kurtwood Smith. In the early 1990s, Melillo composed game music for Nintendo, Sega-Genesis and others through his affiliation with Absolute Entertainment.

The LHS Concert Band, Concert Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform works composed by Melillo during the Band Festival.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, and cost $10 for families, $4 for adults and $3 for students.

Submitted by Joe Filio, from Liverpool High School.

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