The Intrepid Winds of the 323rd Army Band

The Intrepid Winds of the 323rd Army Band will perform at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Intrepid Winds of the 323rd Army Band will perform a concert and conduct master classes with students when the ensemble visits the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University Monday, March 25. 

Known as “Fort Sam’s Own,” the 323rd Army Band is a United States Army military band based at Fort Sam Houston/Joint Base San Antonio. The Intrepid Winds ensemble is a standard wind quintet plus bass clarinet. The group will conduct clinics for each of SFA’s three concerts bands, as well as master classes with applied music students. 

“Their visit will be a nice opportunity for students to learn from performing professionals and to learn more about the music opportunities available through the military,” said Dr. Christina Guenther, professor of flute in the SFA School of Music. 

Intrepid Winds includes Cpl. Andrew Simmons, flute; Sgt. Rebecca Cruz, oboe; Sgt. Corey White, clarinet; Sgt. David Bontemps, horn; Cpl. Rachel Braun, bassoon; and Sfc. Patrick Hanudel, bass clarinet. Their program will feature “Castle House Rag” by James Reese Europe, arranged by Hanudel; Fantasia and Fugue in A minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Lowell E. Shaw; “Mladi” (“Youth”) by Leos Janacek; and “Sixtuor” by Jean Francaix. 

The concert is at 6 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building, on the SFA campus. Admission is free. For more information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.