MC-Community Concert Band presents "Sousa Style" concert

MC-Community Concert Band presents "Sousa Style" concert

April 11, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band, under the direction of Tom Delozier, will present a “Sousa Style” spring concert on Thurs., April 18.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, is free and open to the public.

Maryville College freshman Amber Nejme will be the featured soloist on the xylophone. Nejme, who graduated from Maryville High School last year, is the daughter of Kassem and Gloria Nejme of Maryville.

The program for the concert includes John Philip Sousa’s arrangement of Star Spangled Banner, as well as Sousa’s The Liberty Bell and Stars and Stripes Forever, both arranged by Keith Brion and Loras Schissel. Other selections include Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture, Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens, Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F, Jay Dawson’s arrangement of Tennessee Salute and Samuel A. Ward’s America the Beautiful.

“John Philip Sousas' band, founded in 1892, gave 3,500 concerts in 400 different cities in just seven years,” Delozier said. “Over the four decades of its existence, the band travelled over a million miles. The famous Sousa Band became the standard by which American bands were measured.

“John Philip Sousa included classical standards, European music, guest soloists and orchestral treatments of popular American music in his ‘Pops’ concerts. Audiences were actively engaged to sing and clap along with musical selections. Of course, Sousas' famous marches were always a favorite of the audience.”

Delozier, who is the director of bands for Coulter Grove Intermediate School, has been a music educator for Maryville City Schools since 1991.

He earned a bachelor of science in instrumental music from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was a member of the “Pride of the Southland Band” (his primary instrument was the tuba). He also served as the band’s drum major, under the direction of Dr. W.J. Julian. Delozier earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision and is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, the Tennessee Bandmaster’s Association and the National Band Association.

The MC-Community Concert Band was established in 1992 by MC Associate Professor of Music Dr. Larry Smithee, who retired in May 2012. The 45 members of the band include working musicians, educators, high school and college students, business professionals and retirees from the local community. The group rehearses weekly during the school year.

For more information about the concert or the band, please contact Delozier at or the Division of Fine Arts office at 865.981.8150.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.