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.
Col. John R. Bourgeois, retired conductor of the United States Marine
Band, will lead the ensemble in Giacomo Meyerbeer's "Torch
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."
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.
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.
will feature the Symphonic Winds concert band at 7:30 p.m. under
the direction of Dr. Steven Moser, associate director of bands at
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.