More than 100 high school bands to participate in SEUS

Posted: Tuesday, 29 January 2008

TROY – More than 370 high school bands members will take part in the 35th Annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Some 104 bands primarily from Alabama, Georgia and Florida will be represented during the clinic.

Dr. Larry Blocher, Director of Music, said that the SEUS clinic is a great opportunity for the high school students.

“The SEUS clinic provides an opportunity for them to play with honor bands and audition for scholarships if they choose to,” said Blocher. He also said that students will be able to listen to several music groups and ensembles from TROY as well as guest high schools who have been invited by auditions.

This concert will include featured performances by the Troy University Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Chamber Ensemble directed by Raymond Smith and Bryden Atwater on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and by the Troy University Symphony Band conducted by Ralph Ford on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.

The guest bands that will also be performing are the Auburn High School Band, the Cairo High Symphony Band, the Rocky Bayou Christian School Symphonic Band and the Savannah Arts Academy Silver Winds Ensemble.

The guest Composer-in-residence will be Sean O’Loughlin and the 2008 Honor Band Conductors will be Fred Allen, Stephen F. Austin State University; Douglas Macaulay, West Vancouver Youth Band; and Larry Blocher, Troy University.

O’Loughlin’s music is characterized by vibrant rhythms, passionate melodies, and colorful scoring. Commissions from the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra highlight and showcase his diverse musical abilities. As a conductor, he has led performances with the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. He was the conductor and arranger for a recent orchestral tour with the band The Decemberists. As an arranger and orchestrator, he has worked with such artists as Blue Man Group, Pink Martini, Christian McBride, Belle and Sebastian, Nickel Creek, Jamie Cullum, and others.

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: More information, including a listing by high school of Honor Band invitees, is available at soundofthesouth.org/SEUS/seus/hsindex.html. The list of honor band members can be downloaded at http://soundofthesouth.org/SEUS/seus/HS/2008/HS%20SEUS%20Results%202008.pdf