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DMS Band premieres composition by alumnus

Photo of composer Dan Isgar and DMS musiciansDriver Middle School Band musicians will premiere a brand-new piece of music composed specifically for them by DMS alumnus and Syracuse-based composer Dan Isgar. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Marcellus High School.

Mr. Isgar, who graduated from Marcellus High School in 2010, went on to study music with well-known composers Rob Deemer, Jake Heggie, Steven Stucky and John Mackey at the State University College at Fredonia. He now lives and composes music in Syracuse.

While in Marcellus, Mr. Isgar played trombone in the high school symphonic and jazz bands. This spring, he agreed to return to DMS as a composer-in-residence to present a masterclass on using “Finale,” a music notational program, as well as offer insights into the compositional process. His music has been performed by various groups at Fredonia, as well as the Columbus State Trombone Ensemble.

The composition Mr. Isgar has written for the DMS musicians, titled “Syzygy,” ties into this year’s concert theme of “ethereal.” Syzygy is an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth and either the moon or a planet.
2010 Marcellus High School alumnus Dan Isgar poses with some of the
DMS musicians (from left, Jim Manard, Ben Millier, Tristan Baker and
Landon Kelly)
 he worked with while serving as a composer-in-residence
at the middle school this spring. The DMS Band will premiere his
original composition,"Syz
ygy,"  at a concert that begins at
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.

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