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Loyola hosts National Community Band performance

July 10, 2009

Some of North America’s finest band musicians will gather at Loyola University New Orleans this weekend to form the 2009 National Community Band, which will give a free performance. The ensemble will perform this Sunday, July 12, at 3 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex. The concert will feature an assortment of wind band standards and favorites.

Selections that will be performed include “Rienzi,” by Richard Wagner; “Satchmo: a tribute to Louis Armstrong,” arranged by Ted Ricketts; “At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral,” by Jared Spears; “Country Gardens,” by Percy Grainger; and “People Who Live in Glass Houses,” by John Philip Sousa.

The National Community Band, directed by Loyola visiting professor and artist-in-residence Col. John R. Bourgeois, Ret., is an endowed project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. This band, which meets and performs annually, includes musicians from across the U.S. and Canada.

Col. John Bourgeois served for 17 years as the 25th director of “The President’s Own Marine Band.” In that position, Bourgeois served as music adviser to the White House. He selected the musical program and directed the band in its traditional place of honor at the U.S. Capitol for four presidential inaugurations, a Marine Band tradition dating to 1801. He regularly conducted the Marine Band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, appearing there more frequently than any other musician in the nation. Since retiring from the Marine Band, Bourgeois has been actively involved in music as a guest conductor, published new editions of classic band compositions, and is a visiting professor in a chair endowed in his name at Loyola.

The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music. Through the administration of band related projects, the foundation seeks to uphold the standards and ideals of the American spirit icon, John Philip Sousa.

For more information, contact the Sousa Foundation at windband@bellsouth.net.

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