April 14, 2006
News for Faculty, Staff, Students & Friends
Volume 35, No. 10


A New York state of mind
Old Dominion University converged on the Big Apple recently when the Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall and the men’s basketball team took its own show on the road to Madison Square Garden. Under the direction of music department chair Dennis Zeisler, the Wind Ensemble performed March 27 as part of the New York Wind Band Festival. “This gave the students a chance to perform in one of the finest concert halls in the world,” said Zeisler, whose ensemble performed seven compositions, five by living composers who were at the concert, including Old Dominion’s Adolphus Hailstork. It must have seemed to Valdas Vasylius (left) and his ODU teammates as if their Michigan opponents were all arms in the Monarchs’ 66-43 National Invitation Tournament semifinal loss on March 28. But the disappointing outcome could not take away from an outstanding season that saw coach Blaine Taylor’s charges win their first three NIT games, including a hard-fought victory over conference rival Hofstra, and finish with a 24-10 record. The Hofstra win prompted a letter to President Runte from former Board of Visitors member Jim Babcock, who wrote: “On days like this, it must be fun to be president.”

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