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ALTOONA — On Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mishler Theater, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra will present a special concert titled Music for Winds (With a Few Strings Attached).

This unique performance will feature music written specifically for wind, brass and percussion instruments and will be conducted by Dennis Glocke. Glocke served as Director of Groups at Penn State University, University Park campus, from 1996-2020.

Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Glocke was Associate Director of Groups at the University of Michigan, Director of Groups at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Group Director at Oconomowoc (WI) Public Schools.

Glocke is frequently invited to serve as a guest conductor and clinician across the United States. His ensembles have performed at the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Associations, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

The Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble was invited to open the 2005 Flicorno D’Oro International Band Festival in Riva del Garda, Italy, the first American band to be so honored. He has also conducted at some of the nation’s top performance venues, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater (Chautauqua, NY), the Music Center at Strathmore (North Betheseda, Md.) and the Lincoln Center (New York).

Professor Glocke has been invited to lead the 2018 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Band in Orlando, Florida. He earned degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with John P. Paynter, and in music education. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his principal conducting professors were H. Robert Reynolds and Eugene Corporon.

The ASO is very grateful to its sponsors for this concert, Barry and Marlene Halbritter, New Enterprise Stone & Lime, Gwin Dobson & Foreman, M&T Bank, the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation and Tom Russo.

Tickets for this exciting concert can be purchased online at or by calling the Mishler box office at 814-944-9434. Adults are $35.00 and students $15 (includes $3 ticketing fee).

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is currently in its 93rd year providing Blair County and the surrounding region with the highest level of musical entertainment and educational opportunities. The ASO also places great importance on community education and awareness while remaining financially aware and responsible.

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