Set for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Danville High School, the History Conference at the 2011 Great American Brass Band Festival will have a strong focus on the music and life of John Phillip Sousa.
Music historians, band enthusiasts, and folks interested in American culture can look forward to a day of band scholars and performers paying tribute to the famous musician. John Phillip Sousa IV, great-grandson of Sousa, will also attend the event. Events on the program agenda include presentations on fascinating topics such as a detailed study of Sousa performance practice with live demonstrations by the
Indiana Wind Symphony led by Colonel John Bourgois of the United States Marine Band, Sousa and his relationship with baseball, and the connection between Sousa’s band music and musical theater. Performances include a march concert by Indiana Wind Symphony, a luncheon concert by Dodworth Saxhorn Band, and a mini-recital by young trumpet sensation Natalie Dungey.