HUNTINGTON, IN January 22, 1997 --- Huntington College will host its 18th Annual Band Clinic March 15–16, 1997. This unique educational and cultural event draws students from throughout the Midwest for instruction by professional military musicians.
"Our recent clinics focusing on the life and music of John Philip Sousa have been such successes that we have decided to focus once again on the great American bandmaster," says Dr. Marlene Schleiffer, professor of music at Huntington College. "As 1997 marks Huntington College's 100th anniversary, our theme this year is A CENTENNIAL WITH SOUSA!"
The band clinic offers high school and middle school students the opportunity to be tutored by professional military musicians. This year's special clinicians in-residence include:
- the 553rd US Air Force Band (Pennsylvania) and its director, Captain Patrick M. Jones
- members of the 566th US Air Force Band (Chicago, IL)
- members of the 38th Infantry Division Band (Indianapolis, IN)
- CW05 Gregory Prudom, Chief of Conducting, Armed Forces School of Music (Norfolk, VA)
- Ensign Barney R. Walker, US Navy (Providence, RI) as Sousa personified
- Maestro Jeffrey Taylor of the Chicago Lyric Opera as vocal soloist and narrator
Students and directors alike will have opportunities to interact all weekend with these professional performers. A special Saturday luncheon is planned to enable students to ask questions of the clinic’s guest conductors.
After intensive instruction and rehearsal on Saturday, there will be two gala performances on Sunday afternoon in which professional clinicians and soloists, interspersed among student instrumentalists, show off the hard work of the previous day. The concerts begin at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on March 16.
The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Huntington College Music Department, 2303 College Avenue, Huntington, IN 46750.
"We invite band directors to bring their students and their own instruments to join us on campus in March," says Schleiffer.
Registration for the clinic is $15. The optional luncheon costs an additional $6.50. Students may request free overnight lodging at Huntington College. Visiting students will be guests of Huntington College music students.
For additional information, contact the Huntington College Music Department at (260) 359-4262.
Music is one of many academic programs available from Huntington College. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College provides high-quality academic programs "to equip men and women to impact our world for Christ." Located on a contemporary, wooded campus in Huntington, Indiana, the four-year liberal arts college offers graduate and undergraduate programs in nearly 50 academic concentrations.
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