High school band members head to TROY for clinic and honor bands

Posted: Thursday, 02 February 2012

TROY – More than 450 high school band members will take part in the 39th annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 2-4.

Hosted by the University's College of Communication and Fine Arts and the John M. Long School of Music, SEUS Clinic and Honor Bands features three honor bands – Cardinal, Silver and Gold -- under the direction of guest conductors. This year's guest conductors are Dr. Frank Tracz from Kansas State University, Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses, of Pacific University and Mr. Jody Dunn, of Crestview High School in Florida.

In addition, Mr. James Swearingen of Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio will serve as the 2012 Composer-in-Residence, said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Swearingen is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Capital, and serves as the staff arranger for The Ohio State University Marching Band. He has more than 450 published works, including 81 commissioned works and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, among others. He earned a masters degree at Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, which named him an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts in 1992.

The clinic will also feature guest band performances by Bay High School Symphonic Band of Panama City, Fla., under the direction of Nicholas Efstathiou; East Hall High School Wind Symphony from Gainesville, Ga., under the direction of J. Craig Cantrell; the Enterprise High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Charlie Ford; and the Prattville High School Wind Symphony, under the direction of Rob Cothran.

"These are among the finest music programs in the United States," said Dr. Cochran. "My hope is that directors, students and our guests find much enjoyment and many fine musical experiences during the weekend."

In addition to the guest band performances, the Troy University Symphony Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 in Claudia Crosby Theater. The three Honor Bands will perform their finale concerts beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 in Claudia Crosby Theater.

The guest band performances will all take place in Claudia Crosby Theater with the following schedule: Bay High School performs at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.;

  • Enterprise High School performs at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3;
  • Prattville High School performs at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3; and
  • East Hall High School performs at 11 a.m. pm Saturday, Feb. 4.
All performances are free and open to the public, said Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands at TROY.