Tarleton’s Invitational Band Festival to feature composer Mark Camphouse

Guest conductor and guest composer-in-residence, Mark Camphouse.

STEPHENVILLE (March 2, 2015) — Tarleton State University will host guest conductor and guest composer-in-residence, Mark Camphouse in its fifth annual Invitational Band Festival on March 3 and 4.

The festival will feature middle school and high school bands in a public performance. Following the individual school’s performance, the composer will go to the stage and work with the students in a clinic. Afterwards, a member of the adjudication panel also will work with the students in preparation for the UIL Concert and Sight Reading competition.

This year, Tarleton welcomes former director of the Texas Tech University Marching Band, Keith Bearden to the Invitational Band Festival adjudication panel.

All performances during the day will be held in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. These performances are free and open to the public. For a list of concerts and times, visit www.tarleton.edu/band.

On Tuesday, March 3, the final concert will feature the Stephenville High School Symphonic Band, the Tarleton Symphonic Band and the Tarleton Wind Ensemble. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Collage Concert are $5 and may be purchased one hour prior to the beginning of the concert.

A special collection will be undertaken for the Sade Lowery Memorial Scholarship. Lowery, a sophomore music major at Tarleton, was killed in a tragic vehicle accident on Labor Day weekend in 2014. Please consider a donation of any amount to help continue Sade’s spirit of helping others flourish.

A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Ill. in 1954. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied composition with Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago enabled Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with the late, legendary Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Emeritus Adolph Herseth.

Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His 28 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the U.S. and abroad, in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago, Royal Albert Hall-London, and conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Bandmasters and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Principal commissions include those by the William D. Revelli Foundation, The U.S. Army Band, The U.S. Marine Band, Northshore Concert Band, and some of America’s finest high school, college-university and community bands.

Camphouse has served as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 43 states, Canada, Europe and China. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as founding coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He conceived and edited the unique four-volume book series for GIA Publications, Composers on Composing for Band.

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