Troy University to host high school band members at clinic

Posted: Monday, 31 January 2011

TROY, AL—More than 500 high school band members will take part in the 38th annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 3-5.

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

Each of the three honor bands – Gold, Crimson and Silver – will be led by a guest conductor. This year those guest conductors are Dr. Gerald King of Victoria, British Columbia, Dr. John Taylor of Wichita, Kan., and Jesse Walker of Albany, Ga.

Dr. Quincy Hilliard will serve as the Composer-In-Residence for the clinic. Dr. Hilliard is Composer in Residence and the Heymann Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He holds the Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of Florida where, in 1999, he was recognized as the Outstanding Alumnus of the School of Music. He holds the Masters of Music Education from Arkansas State University and the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Mississippi State University where he was designated College of Education 1998 Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Hilliard is frequently commissioned to compose works, including one for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a score for a documentary film, “The Texas Rangers.” In 2008, he was commissioned by the Library of Congress to compose a work in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Guest band performances will include Mosley High School of Panama City, Fla. at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, Minor High School Symphonic of Birmingham at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, Huntsville High School Symphonic Band at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 and East Coweta High School of Newnan, Ga. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Troy University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Raymond Smith, will perform at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, while the Troy University Symphony Band, directed by Ralph Ford, will perform at 8 p.m., Feb. 3.

The Honor Bands Concert will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

All performances will take place in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and are free and open to the public.