TROY to host nearly 900 high school band members at SEUS Bands

Posted: Monday, 01 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Nearly 900 high school band members will converge on Troy University Friday for the 37th Annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands.

“This will be an exciting weekend of music activities that will include rehearsals and performances by three honor bands selected from the students, guest band performances and feature performances by the Troy University Symphony Band and the Troy University Jazz Ensemble,” said Carla Gallahan, an assistant professor in the John M. Long School of Music who is coordinating SEUS.

Each of the three honor bands – crimson, silver and white – will be led by a guest conductor. This year those conductors are Douglas Macaulay of Vancouver, British Columbia; Michael Nakasone of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Tom Brown of Hazlehurst, Ga.

Serving as Composer-in-Residence will be Robert Buckley, also from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Buckley, an English-born Canadian transplant who resides both in North America and Europe, has composed for television, movies, orchestras and the stage, and has top-ten singles in his credits, including the number one single “Letting Go.” He has completed string arrangements for such acts as Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Simple Plan, The Tragically Hip, Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Our Lady Peace.

Guest band performances include the Midlothian (Texas) Wind Ensemble, the Davidson High School Symphonic Band from Mobile, the Newnan (Georgia) High School Symphonic Band, the Oak Mountain High School Wind Ensemble from Birmingham, and the Orange Park (Florida) High School Wind Symphony.

The Troy University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mr. Raymond Smith, will perform at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The Troy University Symphony Band, conducted by Mr. Ralph Ford, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The Honor Bands Concert will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

More information is available at www.soundofthesouth.org.