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ORONO - It is unusual to see an electric guitar included in a wind band, so it takes a little extra effort if you play electric guitar and want to audition for the University of Maine's Symphonic Band. This past summer, UMaine School of Performing Arts senior music education major and electric guitar player Blake Ford went to Symphonic Band Director Chris White and asked if there was any music written for an electric guitar solo in wind band. White was sure they could find something, so he and Ford did some research online and found a piece, 'Chaos Theory 3.0 Concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Orchestra' by composer, sound designer and guitarist Jim Bonney. The 'Chaos' piece was originally commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra and premiered May 30, 2000. Bonney described his concept: 'In this piece, I wanted to fuse progressive hard rock intensity with classical sophistication. Because of its variety of tonal color and wide dynamic range, I believe the electric guitar has a role in contemporary concert music.'

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