School of Music

University Concert Band Presents "Atmospheres," Jackie Townsend, Conductor


The University Concert Band's fall concert, "Atmospheres" will be conducted by our new director of bands, Jackie Townsend. 

The concert will be held at the McCormack Performing Arts Center at Gorham High School, 41 Morrill Avenue in Gorham. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. 

To purchase tickets, call the Music Box Office: (207) 780-5555 // TTY: 780-5646, or purchase tickets online at

The performance will include a wide variety of works spanning multiple time periods - with pieces written as early as 1889 to as recently as 2013. Entitled 'Atmospheres,' the concert will feature music of an atmospheric nature, designed to transport listeners to the many perspectives of the composers who wrote them. The highly percussive "Night on Fire" by composer John Mackey will be contrasted by the beautifully haunting "Dusk" by Steven Bryant. David Biedenbender's jazz-inspired piece "Melodious Thunk" and the sixth movement from Percy Grainger's folksong-inspired "Lincolnshire Posy" will showcase each composer's ability to take source material and further transform it to create their own art. Please join us for this eclectic and exciting musical journey!

Dr. Jackie Townsend joins the faculty at the University of Southern Maine as the director of bands, conducting the University Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band, as well as teaching courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting. She recently graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting and studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Enrico Williams. As a conducting teaching fellow at UNT, Jackie was responsible for directing the UNT Concert and University Bands, as well as guest directing the UNT Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the North Texas Wind Symphony. She also taught undergraduate conducting courses and maintained the UNT Wind Studies music library. From 2015-2018, Dr. Townsend served as the assistant conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.


Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.