In April 2011, the Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
This was the first appearance by an ensemble from the Virginia Tech Department of Music at the Kennedy Center, which opened in 1971.
The ensemble, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Travis J. Cross, gave a 45-minute performance in the Concert Hall as part of the Washington, D.C., International Music Festival sponsored by World Projects.
The concert began with two school bands from California. After the intermission, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble played an all-American program of works by Travis J. Cross, Leonard Bernstein, John Mackey, and Steven Bryant.
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