The Fresno State Wind Orchestra will dedicate its performance at the 7th Annual Los Angeles International Music Festival on Tuesday, June 18, to outgoing Fresno State President Dr. John D. Welty in honor of “his unyielding support.”

The 65-member ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office.

Gary Gilroy, Fresno State’s director of bands, said an example of President Welty’s support for student musicians was the creation of the Marching Band Steering Committee in 1992, when Fresno State was not able to field a marching band upon entering the Western Athletic Conference.

Gilroy noted that the president would annually host the entire band at his residence (the University House), attend band banquets and often visit the band in the stands to thank them for their efforts.

“He was truly a hands-on president, one who the students knew and recognized,” Gilroy said.  “He interacted with the students on their level — extremely rare for a man in his position.”

Ex-band member Kristen Palas, a 2010 music major alumna originally from Fresno who is now director of bands at Ceres High School, agreed.

“We are lucky to have had a president who has always shown support for the Music department and our marching band,” said Palas, who played the flute in the orchestra.