University Band to Give Free Concert

The Kent State University at Tuscarawas University Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Founders Hall Auditorium. Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public free of charge. With a theme of ‘Tis the Season, the performance will include a variety of chorales, marches, holiday music, patriotic themes, cinematic works and orchestral transcriptions.

Directed by James Graves, the 42-member University Band is a wind ensemble composed of Kent State Tuscarawas students, community musicians and talented high school students. 

“I believe the establishment of the university band at Kent State Tuscarawas creates significant opportunities for our students,” commented Graves. “Many individuals have enjoyed participating in music ensembles throughout their high school career and will benefit greatly from performing in the university band.”

Graves, of Dover, is an adjunct professor of music at Kent State Tuscarawas. He also is an elementary music teacher and middle school choir director for Dover City Schools. Graves received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Grove City College in 2013 and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Mount Union in 2016. He is a member of the Dominic Greco Band and Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra.

While University Band is a new one-credit-hour course for students, participation is also open to community members. The band rehearses on Tuesday’s from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information regarding joining the band, contact Graves at

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:06pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:06pm