The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the most elite in that service, will feature Northwestern University Director of Bands Dr. Mallory Thompson and other alumni of the Bienen School of Music in a streamed concert on Friday, August 21.
The concert, titled “Magnificent Maestros,” features several highly-recognized university wind ensemble conductors. Thompson will conduct the finale, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” This favorite is the official march of the United States, composed by John Philip Sousa.
“While it is always a tremendous honor to be invited to conduct one of our wonderful military bands,” says Thompson, “one of the best parts is making music and reconnecting with SWE alumni.”
Thompson's leadership of Northwestern's Symphonic Wind Ensemble has allowed her to influence the musical growth of generations of students. “Master Sgt. Troy McKay (’97 MMus) a long-time trumpet player in ‘Pershing’s Own’ was a member of SWE my second year at Northwestern — or as he describes it, ‘back in the nineteen-hundreds.’” says Thompson. “Sgt. 1st Class Tim Sutfin (BMus ’04) the principal clarinetist in the band, who I first met when he was 14 at Interlochen (Center for the Arts).”
An additional quartet of Northwestern clarinetists have earned seats in “Pershing’s Own,” which has some of the most competitive auditions a professional musician may face anywhere in the world. They are Sgt. Major Lane Shioji (MMus), Staff Sgt. J.J. Milakovich (MMus), Staff Sgt. Chaz Sonoda (MMus), and Sgt. Major (retired) Sylvia Stanton.
Cpt. Richard Viglucci is associate conductor of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and director of the U.S. Army Concert Band. Viglucci went on to earn a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after earning his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at Northwestern’s Bienen School.
“We are incredibly proud of all of our military band alumni,” says Thompson.
The “Magnificent Maestros” program begins at 3 p.m. Central (4 p.m. Eastern) and includes classic wind repertoire and conversations with the conductors. Featured works include:
- “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger
Conducted by Craig Kirchoff, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota School of Music
- “Danzon #2” by Arturo Marquez
Conducted by Dr. Kevin Holzman, Assistant Professor and Director of Wind Studies, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- “Mare Tranquillitatis” by Roger Zare
Conducted by Shiree Williams
- “Love and Light” by Brian Balmages
Conducted by 1LT Elizabeth Elliot, 82nd Airborne Division Band
- “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa
Conducted by Dr. Mallory Thompson, Director of Bands, Northwestern University