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April 21st, 2010
Texas State to present Souza spectacular


John Philip Sousa.


The Wind Ensemble from Texas State, along with internationally recognized conductor Keith Brion, will present A Sousa Spectacular on  May 1 (8 p.m.) in Evans Auditorium.

Brion will conduct the band in a historically accurate representation of a John Philip Sousa-style concert featuring soloists, classics and marches. Faculty soloists will cornet player Keith Winking and soprano Brigitte Bellini.

Brion, music director of his own New Sousa Band, has appeared as a frequent guest conductor with many of America’s major symphony orchestras and professional bands. He has been a frequent guest conductor of professional bands including the Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra, New York City’s Goldman Band, the California Wind Orchestra, and the Allentown Band.

Brian also has appeared with the U.S. Marine Corps Band, the Army Field Band, the Army Band, the Coast Guard Band and the U.S. Army Band of Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.

Brion has presented Sousa revival concerts with symphony orchestras throughout the country, including the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis, Dallas and Milwaukee symphonies. His overseas orchestral engagements have included the London Concert Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony.

As former director of bands at Yale University, Brion led the Yale Band in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and in an all-Ives program at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Before going to Yale, Brion was the founder and music director of the North Jersey Wind Symphony and a long-time band educator and music supervisor in New Jersey public schools.

Brion is recording the complete wind music of John Philip Sousa for Naxos Records with London’s Royal Artillery Band.

Tickets are available through the School of Music office and online at Ticket prices are $20 for the general public, $15 for Texas State students, faculty and staff, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit the School of Music website, or call (512) 245-3399.

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