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Loyola Invitational Band Festival kicks off this weekend

March 25, 2011

High school bands will travel to Loyola University New Orleans tomorrow to participate in ensemble performances and workshops as part of the Loyola Invitational Band Festival. James Curnow, composer, conductor and emeritus composer-in-residence at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., is the guest clinician.

The festival takes place Saturday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Communications/Music Complex. The event culminates with a concert directed by Curnow with Loyola’s Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. in Roussel Performance Hall. The festival is free and open to the public.

Held annually, the Loyola University Invitational Band Festival invites select bands 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 Heritage High School, Ringgold, Ga., Blair Callaway, director; North Vermilion High School, Maurice, La., Jude Gaspard, director; and Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville, La., Lee Hicks, director.

Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools and on the university level. As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. Curnow now lives in Nicholasville, Ky., where he is president, composer and educational consultant for Curnow Music Press, Inc., publishers of significant music for concert band and brass band. He also serves as editor of music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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