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Paul Frechou is the Associate Director of Bands at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. He directs the “Spirit of the Southland” Marching Band and the athletic bands as well as the Symphonic Band. He also teaches several Music Education courses. Before joining the faculty at Southeastern, Mr. Frechou served as Director of Bands at Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana. Under his direction, the Mandeville High School Jazz Ensemble performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2005, held in Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree and Master of Music Degree from the University of New Orleans. He often serves as guest conductor and adjudicator for various honor bands and music festivals.
Mr. Frechou performs frequently as a woodwind player. He is the bass clarinetist with the Gulf Coast Symphony, and has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, New Orleans Ballet Orchestra, Mobile Opera, Meridian Symphony, Saenger Broadway Orchestra, Tulane Summer Lyric Orchestra, Jefferson Performing Arts Society Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and the John Mahoney Big Band. He has performed with such celebrities as Yo-Yo Ma, Natalie Cole, Marvin Hamlisch, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bob Hope, Anne Murray, Frankie Avalon, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Regis Philbin, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Bernadette Peters, and The Temptations. Mr. Frechou has recorded with several groups including the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, John Mahoney Big Band, Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra, WWII Museum Show, and the jazz vocal group, Five by Design.
His professional memberships include the International Clarinet Society, the Louisiana Music Educators Association, in which he served as the District IX Director from 1994 until 2006, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu Honor Society, which awarded him with the title of Louisiana Band Director of the Year in 2004, and the Louisiana Bandmasters Association, which awarded him the title of Louisiana Bandmaster of the Year in 1991.