Arts & Culture

Dr. Grier Williams School of Music presents the Symphonic Band in concert

The University of West Florida and the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music will present the Symphonic Band in concert on Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Pensacola campus.

The Symphonic Band’s first concert of the season is entitled, “British Invasion”. Under the direction of Dr. Brittan Braddock, this program will include works by J.S. Bach, Malcolm Arnold, Jun Nagao and Imogen Holst, Gustav Holst’s daughter. 

One of the featured pieces in the program is Iken Fanfare, a piece that Imogen Holst composed for a school wind band. It is a short piece of music that was performed only once in 1972. It was never engraved or published because after the first performance, someone remarked that an important tune in the Fanfare was similar to a television theme. She was concerned about copyright, so she withdrew the work. In January, Braddock requested access to the manuscript at the Holst Archives and was granted permission to create an edition and perform the piece. This is likely the United States premiere of the piece and is also probably the first time it has been performed since 1972. 

This event is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Face coverings are not required, however the University, as well as the CDC, highly recommends the use of face coverings indoors. This will allow us to keep our on-campus and off campus communities safe.

For more information, visit or call the CFPA box office at 850.857.6285.