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Keith Brion, Director of New Sousa Band, to Guest Conduct the Concord Band

Concord, Mass, October 5, 2011 — Keith Brion, Music Director of the New Sousa Band and a foremost authority on John Philip Sousa, will be the guest conductor for the Concord Band's fall concert. Mr. Brion will conduct Sousa's Dwellers of the Western World, first published 100 years ago, as well as two Sousa marches. The concert will take place at 8 pm on October 22, 2011 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord.

James O'Dell, Music Director of the Concord Band, has selected two other pieces with centennial connections for the program: Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F Major, composed in 1911, and Hymn to Yerevan, by Alan Hovhaness, who was born in 1911. Rounding out the program will be American Overture for Band by Joseph Jenkins, Continuum by Robert Buckley, and The Guide by Noah Taylor.

Keith Brion, who currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., is a freelance conductor of professional and university bands and symphony orchestras. Mr. Brion's own actively touring New Sousa Band is a nationally selected ensemble, which he has led since 1986. The band is a realization of his dream to reincarnate the Sousa Band and once again tour America's towns and cities. He has also led his popular Sousa revival concerts with almost all of America's major and regional orchestras. Mr. Brion has given special attention to reviving Sousa's appealing and durable programming skills, and to adapting the original techniques of Sousa's Band to his modern performances.

Dwellers of the Western World is a three-movement suite that depicts three major populations residing in North America: American Indians, settlers from Western Europe, and African Americans. Each are represented by music that would have been thought characteristic in 1910. The suite was composed in anticipation of Sousa's celebrated year-long 1911 round-the-world tour. Mr. Brion will also conduct two other marches by Sousa: National Game March, composed at the request of major league baseball's first commissioner, and The Boy Scouts of America, celebrating an institution incorporated just over 100 years ago in 1910.

The concert begins at 8:00 pm in The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Tickets are $15 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.

The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is one of the leading community concert bands in the United States. It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional quality of its commissioned pieces. It presents both formal and Pops concerts throughout the year. Thousands attend its summer concerts each year at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts.

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