posted April 10, 2013

Wind Ensemble to Present “A Sousa Spectacular” on Saturday, April 20

The Hope College Wind Ensemble will present “A Sousa Spectacular” on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Along with the Sousa marches featured on the program, the Wind Ensemble will also perform “Pastime,” by Jack Stamp; “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” by Richard Wagner; “Star Spangled Spectacular,” by George Cohan; and others.  Adam Briggs, instructor of saxophone, will solo on alto saxophone, playing “The Carnival of Venice.”

The event’s master of ceremonies will be Dr. William Reynolds, who is dean for the arts and humanities and a professor of English, and will be retiring at the end of the school year.  The concert will also feature members of the faculty and staff as guest conductors, including Maura Reynolds, who is director of advising and an associate professor of Latin, and who will also be retiring at the end of the school year; Dr. Richard Ray Jr., who is provost and a professor of kinesiology; and Brian Morehouse, who is head women’s basketball coach.

The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. Gabe Southard, an assistant professor of music who joined the Hope faculty in 2007.  Southard completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as wind symphony conductor and flute studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught orchestration, music appreciation and advanced conducting.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., at Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets.