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ASU School of Music brings Sousa to the Sundome!

ASU Herberger College School of Music Wind Symphony

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

October 19, 2004

Tempe, AZ -The music of John Philip Sousa will lift your spirits, stir your sense of nostalgia, and fill you with patriotic pride when the ASU Herberger College School of Music Wind Symphony presents the world premiere ofOh! Mr. Sousa at the Sundome on Nov. 9. Oh Mr. Sousa! is a musical extravaganza to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of "The March King."

Under the direction of Gary W. Hill, the 70-member Arizona State University Wind Symphony, along with a cast of nine actors, will perform a dynamic blend of music and vignettes, which reveals Sousa's life as a master bandleader, composer, arranger, author and speaker. 

Written by Ken Malucelli, with the consent and cooperation of the Sousa family, and directed by Anna Wheeler Gentry, the revue features some of Sousa’s most beloved music, including marches that remain in the repertoire of concert bands worldwide: "Semper Fidelis," "Washington Post," "El Capitan," "Liberty Bell," the calling card of the United States of America, "Stars and Stripes Forever," and several rare works, including Sousa's 1880 composition, “Nymphalin,” featuring ASU Professor Danwen Jiang, violin soloist.

“Combining humor and history, songs and stories, waltzes and marches, this show has something for all ages,” said Ken Malucelli. “Everyone will be on their feet before the evening is out!”

Oh! Mr. Sousa will be a special, one-night only performance at 7:30 pm on Nov. 9 at The Sundome, 19403 R. H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. For tickets or for more information, please contact or the Sundome Box Office at 480-965-6447.

For more information on the band season, the public may call (480) 965-TUNE or visit the Herberger College Web Site at and click on 
“Things to Do.”

The School of Music in the Arizona State University Herberger College of Fine Arts is one of the top music schools in the nation. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each season. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

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