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					               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
                       Harvard, MA
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
 National Coordinator
 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
    Executive Officer
                                                       South Carolina during October 2001, involving students from South Carolina and Texas. It was
 Dr. Al G. Wright, Chairman of the Board               a tremendous 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
                                                                                Colorado           Springs,
  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
• Warm-Up
                                                      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                                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                         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                            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                           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.        * 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.

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National Honor Bands
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