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Loyola Invitational Band Festival kicks off this weekend

March 20, 2009

This weekend, several high schools will travel to Loyola University New Orleans to participate in ensemble performances and workshops as part of the Loyola University Invitational Band Festival. Mark Camphouse, composer, conductor and professor of music at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., will serve as the guest clinician.

The festival takes place Saturday, March 21, in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola’s main campus and will culminate with a concert by Loyola’s Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. in Roussel Performance Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Held annually, the Loyola University Invitational Band Festival invites select bands from across the southeast to travel to New Orleans and work with clinicians in an effort to develop better techniques as an ensemble. This year’s ensembles, selected from a pre-recorded audition process, are Spanish Fort High School, Spanish Fort, Ala., Trip Morris, director; Milton High School, Milton, Ga., Ryan Borger, director; Lafayette High School, Lafayette, La., Scotty Walker, director; and Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville, La., Lee Hicks, director.

A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, Camphouse received his formal musical training at Northwestern University. He began composing at an early age with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his “First Symphony” at age 17. His works for wind ensemble have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently throughout the United States and abroad.

Engagements as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician have taken him to 36 states, Canada and Europe. Camphouse is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and serves as conductor of the National Band Association’s Young Mentor project.

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