Troy University to play host to Southeastern U.S. Band Clinic Feb. 4-6

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

TROY - About 600 high school band students will take part in the 43rd annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 4-6.

The students, who represent 156 schools from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, will receive instruction from internationally recognized clinicians and audition for inclusion in one of three honor bands.

"This music education weekend will feature a variety of events including concerts, rehearsals, scholarship auditions, and music education clinics," said Dr. Carla Gallahan, executive director of the Clinic. "Each of these events is designed to provide an educational and enriching music experience for all participants."

Guest conductors for the event will be: Dr. Larry Blocher, Troy University; Dr. John Carnahan, University of California Long Beach; Randy Folsom, Ft. Walton Beach High School; and Michael Thomas, Valdosta High School.

Sean O'Loughlin, the principal pops conductor of the Syracuse, N.Y.-based Symphoria symphony, will serve as composer-in-residence. As a conductor, he has led performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the Seattle Symphony amongst others. He was the assistant conductor and arranger for a production of "Sgt. Pepper Live" in Las Vegas featuring the band Cheap Trick.

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 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Troy University's Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. Mark Walker, will deliver the featured performance at 8 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Crosby Theater.

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

    2 p.m., Feb. 4 – Sequoyah High School Band from Canton, Ga., Casey Eubanks, conductor; 11 a.m., Feb. 5 – Niceville High School Band from Niceville, Fla., Dan Wooten, conductor; 4 p.m., Feb. 5 – Benjamin Mays High School Band from Atlanta, William Oliver, conductor.

The event will culminate with the Honor Bands Concert to be performed at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.