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Marching band and piano events coming to Dahlonega

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The UNG Golden Eagle Band performs at the Southern Association of Performing Arts' Sawnee Mountain Invitational.

The University of North Georgia (UNG) Golden Eagle Band, which kicked off the 2014 season at the Southern Association of Performing Arts' (SAPA) Sawnee Mountain Invitational in Cumming, Ga., will wrap up the season with two upcoming performances in Dahlonega.

"Being invited to participate as the exhibition performance is both an honor and a major opportunity for community engagement," said Andy David, head of UNG's Department of Music.

The Golden Eagle Band debuted the 2014 program, "Follow Me: A Soldier's Tale" in the culminating performance at the Feb. 22 festival, which was held at Forsyth County High School and attended by a capacity crowd of more than 2,000 students, teachers and professionals. In an effort to pay homage to its military heritage, the Golden Eagle Band is breaking new ground with this year's show by using musical and visual effects to create greater emotional impact.

"This show pays homage to UNG's strong military tradition and heritage, and to the sacrifice, honor, and discipline required of all soldiers, past and present," David said. "UNG's only marching ensemble features a 24-piece brass section, marching battery percussion, a color guard, and a front percussion ensemble. The show also includes a performance by the UNG Patriot Choir."

The Golden Eagle Band's 2014 touring season has taken the band to five area high schools and the Walt Disney World Resort; more information on upcoming performances can be found here. The band will be performing "Follow Me: A Soldier's Tale" on the UNG Dahlonega Campus on March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. The band will finish its current season with a final performance at 1 p.m. on April 27 at Memorial Hall. Both shows are free and open to the public.

Also in March, Dr. Joe Chapman, professor of music at UNG, is scheduled to present two piano concerts on UNG's Dahlonega Campus. The first performance will take place on March 26 at 12:05 p.m. in the Hoag Student Center Auditorium. Designed to fit into the university's meeting hour, this shorter version of the program will conclude no later than 12:50 p.m. Chapman will present a full version of the program on March 29, at 8 p.m., also in the Hoag Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

In addition to performing solo piano music by Chopin, Brahms, and Prokofiev, Chapman will be joined by fellow UNG music faculty members Carla Ganyard, violin, and Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis, cello, in a presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Kakadu" Variations. For additional information, please contact the UNG Music Department at 706-864-1423 or visit

Chapman has served as director of piano studies at UNG since 1983. He has toured extensively as a solo pianist and he also serves as conductor of the UNG Orchestra. Ganyard attended UNG from 2007-2011, where she received numerous honors, including the coveted Dismukes Distinguished Musician Award in 2010. After graduation in 2011, she completed a master's degree in music at the University of Georgia and then returned to UNG as music faculty in 2013. Morgan-Ellis also joined the UNG music faculty in 2013, immediately after completing her doctorate in musicology at Yale University. She has recently served as the host for a UNG library film and discussion series on American music.

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