Troy University hosts high school band members

Posted: Wednesday, 04 February 2009

TROY – Almost 400 high school band members will hone their band skills at Troy University’s Southeastern United States Honor Bands and Clinic this weekend.

Members of 108 high schools bands from Alabama, Georgia and Florida will be on campus this Thursday – Sunday.

This year’s guest conductors are Frank Tracz of Kansas State University, Gordon Brock, University of North Florida and Raymond Smith of Troy University. Carl Vollrath will serve as composer-in-residence.

Opening the clinic will be a performance by the Troy University Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 5, under the direction of Raymond Smith.

On Friday, guest performances by the Houston County High School Concert Band will take place at 11 a.m.; Jeff Davis High School Concert Band at 1:30 p.m. and by Clements High School Concert Band at 4 p.m.

The Troy University Symphony Band will perform at 8 p.m. All performances are scheduled for the Claudia Crosby Theatre.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, the SEUS Honor Bands Concert will be performed.

“This is an excellent opportunity for high school band members to hone their skills and interact with other top band members from the region and it also affords them the chance to audition for scholarships,” said Carla Gallahan, an assistant professor in TROY’s John M. Long School of Music and executive director of SEUS.