Arts & Culture

Bring the Family: UK Bands Presents the 2021 Parent's Day Concert

photo of Cody Birdwell conducting the UK Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2019
UK Wind Symphony, seen her at Carnegie Hall in 2019, and UK Symphony Band will present the School of Music's first in-person ensemble concert at Singletary Center since March of 2020.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2021) — Do you have relatives or friends on campus for University of Kentucky’s Family Weekend? Send them home on a great note after taking them to UK Wind Symphony and Symphony Band’s annual Parent’s Day Concert beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Singletary Center for the Arts

The Parent’s Day Concert marks the return of in-person programming as the first ticketed concert by any of the UK School of Music performing ensembles in the Singletary Center since March of 2020. The concert will feature two outstanding groups from UK Bands with a concert of musical selections by some of the world’s most famous composers.

The UK Symphony Band program, conducted by professor George Boulden, will include composer Jack Stamp’s setting of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger and “Dancing on Water” by Frank Ticheli. 

The UK Wind Symphony, conducted by Director of Bands Cody Birdwell, will conclude the concert with performances of "The Roman Carnival" Overture by Hector Berlioz, “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger, “Southern Harmony” by Donald Grantham and “Midway March” by John Williams.

The UK Bands represent over 400 student members from several different organizations including the Wildcat Marching Band, UK Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band and the UK Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands.

Tickets for the Parent’s Day Concert can be purchased through the Singletary Center Ticket Office by calling 859-257-4929 or through their website at

The Singletary Center is preparing to welcome audiences to events this semester but requests that everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, remain masked at all times. The safety policy applies to students, faculty, staff and community visitors.

The School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition and theory and music history.

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