Central Methodist University Concert Band to Perform at William Woods

Fulton native Roy D. (Skip) Vandelicht is the conductor of the Central Methodist University Concert Band.
Fulton native Roy D. (Skip) Vandelicht is the conductor of the Central Methodist University Concert Band.

Fulton native Roy D. (Skip) Vandelicht returns to his hometown next week to conduct the Central Methodist University Concert Band in a performance at William Woods University.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, is free and open to the public.

Vandelicht serves as assistant professor of music and director of bands at CMU, his alma mater. A 1977 graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the school in 1990.

The Concert Band is composed of Central Methodist University musicians of any major. The band performs pieces ranging from traditional band music to more recently composed wind literature.

Vandelicht, who also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Missouri, had a successful 31-year career as a public school music educator before joining CMU as director of the marching, concert and jazz band programs in 2008.

Honored numerous times as a professional music educator, Vandelicht received the 2004 Bandworld Legion of Honor Award; the 1991 Orpheus Award, presented by Beta Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; the 1981 and 1982 Music Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Missouri Federation of Women’s Clubs; the 2008-09 Outstanding Music Educator Awards, presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

CMU’s Concert Band performs at various venues on and off of campus and every spring the group travels on a six-day performance tour of high schools and United Methodist churches across Missouri. High schools this year include Mexico, Hallsville, Sturgeon, Maysville, Stockton, Versailles, Waynesville and Lebanon. The band will also perform at United Methodist churches in Cameron, Grain Valley, Monett and Laurie.

The Central Methodist University Band was organized in January 1910. Twenty-one students, under the leadership of fellow students, prepared selections for a concert tour through Missouri in March of 1912. The band continued under student leadership until World War I.

In the fall of 1925, with the establishment of the Swinney Conservatory of Music, the concert tour was revived and became an annual affair. Central Methodist has become well known for its outstanding bands and its contribution of well-trained band directors and music educators. Today, more than 70 alumni of CMU serve as high school band directors throughout Missouri.