Skip to main content

'Hallelujah Trombone!' Concert Honors Fallis' 25 years at USU

Todd Fallis

LOGAN — The Utah State University Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band combine for a winter concert Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom on the USU Logan campus.

The concert is free and open to the public.

In tribute to the 25 years on faculty for Caine College of the Arts by professor of trombone Todd Fallis, the concert includes more than 30 alumni from his low brass studio from the past 25 years. The concert is capped by a massed band finale of the combined ensembles (Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Low Brass Ensemble).

The concert annually showcases the best of the USU bands with Wind Orchestra and Symphonic band, both conducted by director of bands, Thomas P. Rohrer, performing separately and together.

“The program will appear in collage format with pieces alternating seamlessly between the ensembles,” Rohrer said. “In honor of the low brass emphasis, the concert begins with a transcription of Wagner’s ‘Prelude to Act 3, Lohengrin,’ a low brass staple for 150 years. Other low brass features include a movement of Eric Ewazen’s ‘Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble’ with Fallis as soloist, two pieces by the USU/Alumni Low Brass Ensemble arranged by USU alumnus Lane Weaver (1998) and a massed finale and encore, including Claude Smith’s ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’ and Henry Fillmore’s ‘Shoutin’ Liza Trombone.’”

Rohrer calls “Music for Festival,” by British composer Gordon Jacob, the most epic work on the program. “The piece is known for its 11 movements alternating between full wind ensemble and brass choir,” Rohrer said. “The alumni will join the Wind Orchestra for this rare and exciting


Professor Fallis joined USU in 1991. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, New York, in music education, master of music in performance from University of Southern California and his doctorate in music education from University of Southern California. Since coming to Utah, he has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West and Utah Festival Opera Company Orchestra. In addition, he has performed at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Fallis has performed and held masterclasses in Nevada, California, Ohio, New York, Washington, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky. He has recorded in the studio in Salt Lake City having played on recordings for CNN,

ESPN, Discovery Channel, ABC Monday Night at the Movies theme, “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Hercules” and “Zena: Warrior Princess” television shows. In addition, he has played on motion picture film scores, including “The Sand Lot,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Iron Giant,” “Antz,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Jumanji.”



Source: USU Bands for USU Public Relations and Marketing, 02/09/16