The John Philip Sousa Foundation presents…
John Philip Sousa
National Honor Bands
New England Region
A Band Festival for Students in Grades 7-12
April 23-25, 2009
The Bromfield School
John Philip Sousa
National Honor Bands
New England Region November 2008
Dear Music Educator,
The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of
international understanding through the medium of band music. Through the administration of
band related projects, the foundation seeks to uphold the standards and ideals of that icon of
the American spirit, John Philip Sousa.
Just as the name Sousa is synonymous with bands, so bands are bridges that connect the
music and culture of all strata of our society. And no type of music better typifies the spirit of
America throughout the world than do the stirring strains of a Sousa march.
The members of the John Philip Sousa Executive Board continually discuss ways that the
Foundation can help to support the work that band students and their directors do all over the
country. In discussions several years ago, an area that kept appearing as a topic of conversation
John Philip Sousa National Honor Bands
was the recognition of the junior high/middle school level student. After much deliberation,
Gladys Stone Wright the John Philip Sousa Foundation decided to create regional junior high school-level honors
bands as a way to recognize the very special talents of junior high school-aged band students in
grades 7, 8 and 9.
Executive Committee The very first regional John Philip Sousa National Junior Honors Band festival took place in
Col John R. Bourgeois, President and Chief
South Carolina during October 2001, involving students from South Carolina and Texas. It was
Dr. Al G. Wright, Chairman of the Board a tremendous success...so much so that many similar regional junior festivals have now been
Robert E. Foster, Vice President held in other areas of the country.
Douglas Harter, Vice President for Finance &
Investment The second-in-the-nation John Philip Sousa National Junior Honors Band was held here in
Edward S. Lisk, Vice President for Administration New England in April 2002 in Harvard, Massachusetts. The program was so successful that
Gladys Stone Wright, Vice President
Catherine Heard, Treasurer
two others took place in April 2004 and April 2006. Now, another is now planned for April
Col George S. Howard (d. 1995) 23, 24, and 25, 2009. It will be held in the same location at The Bromfield School in Harvard,
Louis Sudler (d. 1992) Massachusetts, conveniently located in central Massachusetts at the junction of Interstate 495
Virginia Sudler (d. 2003) and Route 2, and easily accessible from Interstates 91, 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), 93, and
95. The festival is open to the most outstanding middle school and high school woodwind,
brass, and percussion players from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Board of Directors Rhode Island and Vermont. Our past research has shown that this is one of the only weekends
Terry Austin David Leppla in which a regional or state music festival was not happening. This particular weekend happens
Keith Brion Thomas G. Leslie
Don Caneva John M. Long to be the end or the beginning of the April vacation for many schools in New England, and it
Michael Colburn Max McKee is important to keep this fact in mind.
Ray Cramer Pam Potter
Paula Crider Thomas E. Reynolds Students will be housed at the Holiday Inn Boxborough Woods, Boxborough,
John Culvahouse Thomas Rotundi Massachusetts, a few miles from the school, with direct bus transportation provided between
Richard Floyd Loras Schissel the hotel and the school.
William P. Foster James Slutz
Tom Fraschillo John Philip Sousa IV NEW for this year, the festival will consist of three honor bands incorporating
Lowell Graham Richard Strange
Arthur Gurwitz Louis Sudler, Jr students from all grades 7-12. The wind ensemble, consisting mostly of students in grades
Joseph Hebert Bryce Taylor 11 and 12, will be conducted by Capt. Lewis J. Buckley, retired director of the United States
Karel Husa George N. Thompson Coast Guard Band in New London, CT. Dr. Steven Grimo, retired conductor and commander
W J Julian Dale Warren of the United States Air Force Academy Band, will be returning to conduct the symphonic
Jerry Junkin Frank Wickes
James Keene Don Wilcox band, consisting mostly of students in grades 9 and 10. We are then pleased to welcome Ms.
Dennis Layendecker Linda J. Gammon, Director of Bands at Rachael Carson Middle School in Herndon, Fairfax
County, VA, as the conductor of the junior honors band, consisting of those students in grades
7 and 8. The conductors’ biographies are on page 3 of this brochure.
Advisory Board of Associated Organizations Enclosed in this brochure is a student application form that may be duplicated as needed
American Bandmasters Association
American School Band Directors Association to accommodate the number of students that you would like to submit to this festival. Please
Association of Concert Bands of America take the time to complete the application thoroughly and thoughtfully, as students will be
Japan Bandmasters Association selected and seated based upon the information that you provide.
National Catholic Band Association
Norwegian National Bandmasters Association Thank you for considering your student(s) participation in the John Philip Sousa National
Phi Beta Mu Fraternal Society Honors Band - New England Region. We look forward to receiving your application(s).
Women Band Directors International
World Association for
Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Sincerely,
Robert L. Rucinski, Executive Director
Thomas E. Reynolds, Co-Host Talia R. Mercadante, Co-Host
Festival Schedule and Conductor Information__________________________________________________________________
4th John Philip Sousa National Honor Bands - New England Region
Festival Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 23-25, 2009
Festival Host: The Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard, MA 01451 - (978) 456-4152 (0), (978) 456-3013 (fax)
Festival Hotel: Holiday Inn Boxborough Woods, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719 - (978) 263-8701
Concert Venue: Stratos G. Dukakis Memorial Auditorium - Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, Route 2A, Fitchburg/Westminster, MA
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009 Capt. Lewis J. Buckley, Conductor During is tenure teaching in Massachusetts, he
• Arrival received his Masters of Music degree in Wind
11:30AM - 1:30PM: Student and Director/ Lewis J. Buckley was born Ensemble Conducting from the New England
Supervisor Arrival: Parking available in in Columbus, Ohio, but Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Frank
The Bromfield School parking lot. considers himself a native Battisti. He founded the “East Bay Association for
11:30AM - 1:30PM: Registration of Florida, the state in the Arts”, in Bristol Rhode Island, where his grant
2:00PM - 2:30PM: General Meeting in Cronin which he grew up. He writing and fundraising tenacity, established an
Auditorium earned his undergraduate organization, whose heritage recently celebrated their
• Rehearsals degree from the Eastman 30th Anniversary Season. During this time, he was
2:45PM - 5:00PM: Band 1 – Cronin Auditorium School of Music and his also an instructor at the New England Conservatory
2:45PM - 5:00PM: Band 2 – Music Room Master's degree from Preparatory Division teaching percussion and
2:45PM - 5:00PM: Band 3 – Library Connecticut College. conducting the “Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind
While at Eastman, he Ensemble”, another organization which he founded,
• Dinner in Cafeteria earned the Performer's and today is and outstanding youth wind ensemble,
5:00PM - 6:00PM: Band 1, 2, & 3 Certificate for outstanding performance on the dedicated to training 7th through 9th grade
trumpet, and he studied conducting and instrumentalist throughout the state of
• Evening Rehearsals composition. Massachusetts.
6:00PM - 9:15PM: Band 1, 2 & 3
He enlisted into the U. S. Coast Guard Band in He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in
• All Day 1969, where he served as Principal Trumpet and Conducting from the Catholic University of America
Student Concessions -Cafeteria: Trumpet Soloist for six years. Then, in 1975, he in Washington, D.C. in May of 1992. He has
Refreshments, T-shirt Sales, CD sales, became the Coast Guard Band's fifth Director at age numerous published works to his credit and is an
Concert Ticket Sales 27, a post he held for over 29 years, becoming the internationally active guest conductor and clinician.
Directors Hospitality and Information longest-tenured conductor of a senior military band As a music director, conductor and producer, he has
in American history. Under his baton, the Coast lectured and conducted professional and collegiate
• 9:15PM - 9:30PM: Depart for hotel Guard Band became a famed, national touring organizations throughout the world. His advocacy
• 11:00PM: Student Curfew organization; released some 20 recordings; aired for commissioning new works has resulted in over
more taped and live concert broadcasts on National 30 compositions for winds. In March 2006 he was
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009 Public Radio than any other concert band, military inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters
• Morning Rehearsals or civilian, in the United States; and earned a Association.
8:30AM-12:45PM: Band 1, 2 & 3 reputation as one of the most accomplished wind
• Lunch - In Cafeteria
bands in the world. Ms. Linda J. Gammon, Conductor
12:45PM-1:45PM: Band 1, 2 & 3 Since 2004, Buckley has been the Conductor and Linda J. Gammon is
Artistic Director of the Manchester (CT) Symphony currently the director of
• Afternoon Rehearsals
Orchestra. For fifteen years, he conducted the middle school bands at
1:45PM - 5:00PM: Band 1, 2 & 3
Hartford Symphony Orchestra in its annual Rachel Carson Middle
• Dinner- In Cafeteria Symphony on Ice/Toys for Tots program, and he School in Fairfax County,
5:00PM - 6:00PM: Band 1, 2 & 3 has also conducted the Eastern Connecticut VA. She is a native of
Symphony during its summer series. In 2007, he was Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and
• Master Classes named Music Director and Conductor of the received her Bachelor of
6:00PM - 7:00PM Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a superb community Science degree in music
wind band in the Boston area. education from Clarion
• Evening Rehearsals University of Pennsylvania
7:15PM - 9:15PM: Band 1, 2 & 3 As a conductor, Buckley brings to the podium more and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from
than 35 years' professional experience in an George Mason University.
• All Day unusually wide range of music-making. He continues
Student Concessions - Cafeteria: to compose, arrange, and publish prolifically, and Under Ms. Gammon’s direction, her middle school
Directors Hospitality and Information remains an active trumpet soloist, frequently bands have earned consistent superior ratings,
combining solo appearances with conducting, often awards, and enjoy state, regional and national
• 9:15PM: Return to hotel. in premiere performances of his own commissioned recognition including three appearances at the 1992,
• 10:45PM: Student Curfew works. 1993, 2000 Virginia Music Educators State
Conferences and the 1993, 2000 Mid-West
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009 Dr. Steven Grimo, Conductor International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
• 9:00AM: Travel to Montachusett Reg. Voc. Tech. HS In 1997 Ms. Gammon and the Robinson Middle
Steven Grimo retired in School Symphonic Band were awarded the
• Onstage Dress Rehearsals 2006 as a Lieutenant prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler
10:00AM - 11:00AM: Band 1 Colonel in the United Silver Cup Award, the highest honor bestowed on a
11:00AM - 12:00PM: Band 2 States Air Force, serving middle school band program.
12:00PM - 1:00PM: Band 3 as the Commander &
Conductor of the USAF Ms. Gammon currently serves as the VMEA
• Bagged Lunch Conference Coordinator and is a Past President of
Academy Band, in
1:00PM - 2:00PM: Band 1, 2, & 3 VMEA, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors
1:00PM - 2:00PM: Conductors and Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors
Colorado. During his 22-
Committees Lunch year career he served as a Association. She is a member of MENC, VMEA,
• 2:00PM - 2:30PM: Students change into band officer and commander throughout the United Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Directors
concert dress States and the Pacific. He is presently the Chairman Association, the National Band Association, and the
• 2:00PM: Concert Ticket Sales/Pick-up, Lobby of the Music Ministries Department at the Nazarene Women Band Directors International Association.
• 2:30PM: Concert Hall Doors Open Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
During the school year, Ms. Gammon is active as an
Dr. Grimo is a native of Bristol, Rhode Island. He adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician. She is a
began his career in music as a percussionist, contributing author to the music curriculum “Band
2:30PM - 2:50PM: Band 1, 2, & 3
attending the New England Conservatory of Music Expressions” published by Alfred and “Teaching
• Concert in Boston. He began his teaching career as an Music through Performance in Band” published by
3:00PM - 4:30PM: Montachusett Reg. Voc. Tech.HS elementary and junior high school music director for GIA. She has been recognized by the School Band
Order: BAND 3, 2, 1 the Newton, Massachusetts public schools and later and Orchestra Magazine as one of the “Fifty
became Director of Instrumental Music at Directors Who Make A Difference”, awarded
• 4:30PM: Concert over; Festival concludes Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, numerous National Band Association “Citations of
_____________________________________ Massachusetts, where he received the National Band Excellence” and recognized by the Women Band
Revised – 1 October 2008 (subject to change) Association’s Citation of Excellence, and the Directors International as 2003 Scroll of Excellence
Stanbury Award from the American School Band recipient. In 2007 Ms. Gammon was awarded the
Directors Association. Virginia Outstanding Music Educator of the Year
About The John Philip Sousa Foundation...
The first project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation was the dedication of the stage
of the John F. Kennedy National Cultural Center in the name of John Philip Sousa on
Questions? October 7, 1971. The dedication was the culmination of the Sousa Foundations efforts
that raised $100,000.00, primarily from schools and students throughout the country
If you have questions about the Festival, under the guidance of Colonel George S. Howard. The stage was formally dedicated at a
please contact: gala concert by the premier bands of the U.S. Armed Services attended by President
Nixon and the host of dignitaries.
Robert L. Rucinski, Executive Director
email@example.com Since that beginning in 1971, the Sousa Foundation has developed a great number of
projects of benefit to band music, students, and directors' Through the generosity of
Thomas E. Reynolds, Co-Host Louis and Virginia Sudler, a number of Louis Sudler Awards of Merit have been
978.456.4152, ext. 571 developed to recognize outstanding musicians both in the community and throughout
firstname.lastname@example.org the world.
* The Sousa National High School Honors Band is held biennially and was first
Talia R. Mercadante, Co-Host organized in 1981.
978.456.4152, ext. 571 * The Sudler Trophy is awarded annually to one of America’s outstanding university
email@example.com bands for its major influence in the establishment and maintenance of high
John Philip Sousa standards of musical and marching performance.
National Honor Bands * The Sudler International Composition Competition is a biennial competition which
The Bromfield School recognizes outstanding wind band composers.
14 Massachusetts Ave. * The Sudler Flag recognizes outstanding achievement of high school concert bands.
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451 * The Sudler Cup similarly recognizes bands at the junior high school level.
* The Sudler Shield recognizes high school marching bands
A website link will soon be available on the * The Sudler Scroll recognizes outstanding community bands.
John Philip Sousa Foundation website: * The Legion of Honor recognizes outstanding high school band directors with a long
http://sousafoundation.org history of dedicated service to bands.
* The George Solti International Young Conductors Competition is held biennially
New England Region Website: and recognizes young wind band conductors.
http://www.worldpath.net/~treynold/sousa/ * The Historic Roll of Honor endowed by Al G. Wright, recognizes outstanding high
school bands from 1920 to 1980, selected by committees representing each era.
* The Historical Marker Project recognizes and identifies sites where the original
Sousa Band performed.
Permit No. 4
John Philip Sousa
National Honor Bands
New England Region
c/o Music Department
The Bromfield School
14 Massachusetts Avenue
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451