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Released Februrary 2, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- Music lovers are in for a treat Feb. 12-15 when The University of Southern Mississippi Bands presents its annual installment of the Southern Instrumental Conductors Conference and All-South (high school) Honor Band program. The four-day weekend of events will feature three concerts by Southern Miss ensembles, five guest concert bands and a finale concert by the All-South Honor Band.

The gala performance for the weekend's celebration features a concert by the university's internationally recognized Wind Ensemble Feb. 14, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands at Southern Miss. The 7:30 p.m. concert program, performed by the 55-member ensemble of the finest wind and percussion musicians of the School of Music, will feature works by Giuseppe Verdi, Jacques Press, Luigi Zaninelli and John Stafford Smith.

Guest conductor Col. John R. Bourgeois, retired conductor of the United States Marine Band, will lead the ensemble in Giacomo Meyerbeer's "Torch Dance."

Also on the program, Italian Army Band conductor Col. Fulvio Creux returns to Southern Miss and will guest conduct the ensemble in Francesco Marsalli's "Sinfonia Epica." Visiting the university with Creux is Italian clarinetist Carlo Calcagnini, who will perform as soloist on Giacoma's "Fantasia per Clarinetto."

Opening the weekend of concerts, the Jazz Lab Band I at Southern Miss will heat up the stage Feb. 12 and will be joined by the All-South Honor Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. The Hattiesburg High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Jamie Foshee, will also be featured during the evening of jazz.

The Lab Band I, under the direction of Larry Panella, director of jazz studies at Southern Miss and the All-South Honor Jazz Band program, will perform music by Rob McConnell, Bill Holman, John Fedchock, John LaBarbera and more.

Joining the band as featured soloist will be School of Music faculty members John Wooton on drums, Richard Perry on tuba, Joseph Brumbeloe on piano and Panella on saxophone.

Friday evening will feature the Symphonic Winds concert band at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Steven Moser, associate director of bands at Southern Miss.

"The Symphonic Winds, which consists of predominantly music education and music performance majors, will present an eclectic program of music masterpieces and band greats," Moser said.

A slate of five guest bands will perform on Saturday in Bennett Auditorium. The first band, Daniell Middle School of Marietta, Ga., takes the stage at 10 a.m. under the direction of Dr. Danny Doyle, who earned his bachelor's and master's in music education from Southern Miss.

The Acadiana High School Band of Lafayette, La., will follow at 11:15 a.m. under the direction of Dr. Gerald Waguespack, who earned his Ph.D. from Southern Miss and was Fraschillo's student. The band will feature Southern Miss alumnus Tom Brantley as guest soloist. Brantley is a professor of trombone at the University of South Florida.

At 1 p.m., the Mississippi Community College All-State Band will perform under the direction of Dr. William Clark.

The City of Hattiesburg Concert Band will perform at 2:15 p.m. under the baton of David Young, former director of bands at Jones County Junior College and William Carey College.

Rounding out the guest band portion of the weekend, Tara Winds, a professional wind band from Atlanta, Ga., will perform at 3:30 p.m. under the direction of Southern Miss alumnus Dr. David Gregory. The guest band concerts are free and open to the public.

The All-South Honor Band will perform a finale concert at 1 p.m. Sunday in Bennett Auditorium. The concert culminates their work with guest conductors during the weekend. In addition to rehearsals for the concert, the students will participate in master classes on their instrument with the music faculty at Southern Miss.

Over 250 select high school band students from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, and Texas, assemble for the three-day session to enhance their performance skills in a concert band setting.

The 2004 guest conductors include Bourgeois; Peter Griffin, associate director of bands at the University of Illinois; and Scotty Walker, director of bands at Lafayette High School in Lafayette, La.

'These participating high school musicians from across the South have a real treat in store for them in being able to work with such noted professionals," Fraschillo said. "No one else in the entire Southeast but Southern Miss has been able to provide such an experience for our young band students."

All concerts will be held in Bennett Auditorium and are free of charge. For more information about the conference, call the Southern Miss Bands Office at (601) 266-4990.


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