Fred J. Allen

Fred J. Allen

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The bands of Stephen F. Austin State University will present the annual Concert in the Park at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the wooded area along Vista Drive and in front of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

All four of the concert bands will perform, including the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, director of bands at SFA; the Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Dan Haddad, associate director of bands; Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Chris Kaatz, assistant director of bands; and University Band, directed by graduate student conductors Amanda Bruner of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Miranda de Bruin of Muleshoe.

The SFA Bands will also induct retired Director of Bands Fred J. Allen as an honorary member of the SFA Band Directors Hall of Fame. Allen was director of bands at SFA for 24 years and currently resides in Fort Worth. Along with his induction, Allen will guest conduct the Wind Ensemble on “The Melody Shop March” by Karl King. While at SFA from 1994 to 2018, Allen conducted the Wind Ensmble and taught conducting, orchestration and music education classes. In 2012, he received both the SFA Achievement in Teaching Award and the Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award. He was named Director of Bands Emeritus of SFA in 2021.

A meeting of the Lumberjack Band Alumni Association will be held in the Band Hall following the concert.  

Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary band service fraternity and sorority, will sell hamburger plates beginning at 1 p.m. Plates are $7 each and will include a burger, chips and beverage.  SFA and band merchandise will also be available for purchase.

For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.