Baylor School of Music Distinguished Artist Series Welcomes Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Piffaro (Courtesy photo)
Feb. 28, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 28, 2014) – With the countless genres of modern music available to listeners today, music of the Renaissance era can easily become buried under current top hits. There are some groups who aim to keep that music alive, however, and the Baylor School of Music will welcome world-renowned Piffaro, The Renaissance Band at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Piffaro is known for creating the rustic music of the peasantry, as well as the professional wind bans of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its seven members play reconstructed period instruments including the shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps and a variety of percussion instruments.

The group, founded in 1980, has entertained audiences throughout the world in Europe, Canada and South America. They have been active in the field of education since their founding and have been honored twice for their work by Early Music America, an organization who serves to strengthen the early music community in North America. Piffaro has received the “Early Music Brings History Alive” award in 2003 and the Laurette Goldberg “Lifetime Achievement Award in Early Music Outreach” in 2011.

The group has released 18 recordings since 1992 and has collaborated with renowned artists including the Belgian vocal group Capilla Flamenca and the Philadelphia Chamber Choir.

Roxy Grove Hall is at 624 Speight St. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3571.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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