Southeastern Wind Symphony to perform in Washington

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND - The award-winning Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony – all 70 members – will receive professional experience while performing in one of the nation’s most prestigious performance venues as one of four selected ensembles to play in the first annual John Philip Sousa Wind Band Festival Sunday (May 31).
    Performing in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Southeastern conductor and Director of Bands Glen J. Hemberger will be joined by Col. Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band, in leading the Wind Symphony in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide.” Hemberger will then conduct a movement from Ira Hearshen’s “Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa” titled “After the Thunderer.” The ensemble will conclude with a multi-movement work, “Star Wars Trilogy,” by John Williams.
    Prior to the performance, participants will have the opportunity to visit important Sousa sites in Washington and will take part in a clinic with Anthony J. Maiello, associate director and professor of music at George Mason University School of Music.
    “After our performance in the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago in 2013, we were contacted with the first opportunity to secure a performance space in the Sousa Wind Band Festival,” explained Hemberger. “The Southeastern Wind Symphony has earned a national reputation for programming and performance, and the festival staff was thrilled when we accepted the invitation.”
    He said this festival is involving musicians of all levels – from college to high school to middle school – all with the opportunity of performing in one of the country’s finest concert halls, the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
    “The symphony will also collaborate with one of the country’s major wind band conductors, Col. Lang,” he added. “This is an opportunity that presents itself once in a lifetime, and the 70 musicians and staff are honored to represent our state and university at this major musical event.”
    In addition to Southeastern, featured ensembles include the National Christian Honor Band sponsored by Houghton College, N.Y.; Quabbin Regional High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Barre, Mass.; and Chaparral Middle Wind Ensemble of Diamond Bar, Calif.
    The festival is sponsored by Music Celebrations International.


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