Troy University to play host to Southeastern U.S. Band Clinic Feb. 5-7

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2015

TROY - More than 600 high school band students will take part in the 42nd annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 5-7.

The students, who represent 119 schools from Alabama, Florida and Georgia, will receive instruction from internationally recognized clinicians and audition for inclusion in one of three honor bands.

"The 42nd annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands promises to be a wonderful musical experience," said Dr. Carla Gallahan, executive director of the Clinic. "This musical event will feature a variety of activities including concerts, rehearsals, scholarship auditions and clinics, culminating in the concert by the Honor Bands."

Guest conductors for the event will be: James Keene, director emeritus, University of Illinois; Keith Bearden, professor emeritus, Texas Tech University; Dan Wooten, director of bands, Niceville (Fla.) High School; and Ron Pence, director of bands, Homewood (Ala.) High School.

Dr. Jack Stamp, professor of music, chair of the music department and director of band studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will serve as the composer-in-residence. He received his bachelor's degree in music education from IUP, a master's degree in percussion performance from East Carolina University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Michigan State University.

An active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer throughout North America and Great Britain, Dr. Stamp's compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States. He has won the praise of American composers David Diamond, Norman Dello Joio, Ron Nelson, Michael Torke, Samuel Adler, Robert Ward, Robert Washburn and others for his performances of their works. Dr. Stamps is also the founder of Keynote Winds, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of American band music.

The Clinic will include a series of concert performances, all of which will take place in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The Troy University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Ward, will kick off the clinic with a performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5. Troy university's Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. Mark Walker, will deliver the featured performance at 8 p.m., Feb. 6 in the Crosby Theater.

Four high school band performances also are scheduled during the clinic. The schedule for those performances is:

  • 6:15 p.m., Feb. 5 – J.M. Tate High School Band from Cantonment, Fla., Mike Philley, conductor;
  • 11 a.m., Feb. 6 – Veterans High School Band from Kathleen, Ga., Tom Brown, conductor;
  • 4 p.m., Feb. 6 – Pelham High School Band from Pelham, Ala., Justin Ward, conductor; and
  • 11 a.m., Feb. 7 – Charlton County High School Band from Folkston, Ga., Curtis Hersey, conductor.

The event will culminate with the Honor Bands Concert to be performed at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7.