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Professor premieres musical compositions in New York

College of Idaho music professor and jazz director Rob Walker will appear as a guest artist and composer during a Feb. 8 concert at the Fredonia High School auditorium in Fredonia, New York. Walker will spend several days working with various ensembles at the school, culminating in a free all-band concert during which five of his new compositions will debut.

“I am deeply honored to have been invited to compose for these quality ensembles and will enjoy working with the band students of the district,” Walker said.

Walker wrote five new pieces for the concert – Among the Hemlocks, Erie Canal Fantasy, Captain Bennett, Swingin’ in Fredonia and Sounds of Lincoln – which will be performed by the middle school concert band, the high school symphonic band and the high school jazz ensemble from the Fredonia Central School District. The band will also perform the arrangement of My Romance that Walker wrote for his 2010 featured soloist performance with the U.S. Air Force Jazz Commanders.

“We are thrilled to host Mr. Walker and excited to have him work with the students of the various bands in our district,” said Andrew Bennett, band director for Fredonia High School. 

Walker is the director of instrumental jazz and applied trumpet at C of I. He recently was awarded the 2012 ASCAP Plus Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in recognition of his work composing for high school ensembles. His composing credits in film and television include Easy A, Whip It, High School Musical III, Cold Case, Friday Night Lights and The O.C. As a trumpet player, Walker has worked with renowned artists such as Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, the Temptations, the Supremes and Moody Blues. He also has played in the pit for Broadway national tours of Chicago and Spamalot.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit