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Hello. I just heard Keith on the Sacramento NPR station. Listening to him, reminded me that I have a very close relationship to the Sousa Band. When I was a senior in high school in Alexandria VA in 1966, I had the opportunity to make a recording of some of the marches with Frank Simon. I played euphonium at the time (sax now) and was chosen from a few Northern Virginia High Schools to participate in the recording which took place at a Marriott Hotel near the Memorial Bridge in Arlington. We had rehearsed a few times and then on a Saturday we made the recording. He demanded cornets of course and that we only play the extra note at the end if it were written, which may have never been, I can't remember. It's been a long time. I may still have the record. I wonder if you have heard it or of it. I'll spend some time today to see if I still have it. If you are unaware of this recording and are interested in hearing it, I'll digitize it (if I can find it) and send it to you. I am David Rhoades at dgrjazz@dgrjazz.com. Thanks for keeping the music alive.
David G Rhoades <dgrjazz.com">dgrjazzdgrjazz.com>
Sonora , CA USA - Thursday, July 02, 2015 at 16:05:45 (EDT)
Who is the publisher of the concert band/wind ensemble arrangement of "The Elephant and the Fly?" Thank you!
Steve Marcus <yahoo.com">semarcus1yahoo.com>
Itasca , IL USA - Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:00:35 (EST)
Heard you on NPR today enjoyed very much. I am the worlds largest and maybe oldest John Phillip Sousa Fan. I the 80s I organized a neighborhood band the mostly played JPS marches.
Robert R. Seifert <zoomtown.com">rr2zoomtown.com>
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 20:36:39 (EST)
Keith: To where should I travel to see one of your concerts? /Neil Ashby II
Neil Ashby II <hushmail.com">neilashby_iihushmail.com>
Cambridge, MA USA - Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:12:55 (EST)
We just performed your arrangement of Stars and Stripes Forever for orchestra, and what an improvement it is over the older version. I can only hope you will publish additional arrangements for orchestra soon. Thank you.
Jeffrey Ohlmann <yahoo.com">jaohlmayahoo.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 09:39:34 (EDT)
What a fantastic concert you provided at the December, 2009 MidWest Clinic in Chicago. Standing room only, as usual and your morning session on march interpretation was outstanding. I could have stayed in your morning session the entire day and would have never tired. Thank you for all you do.
Charles Bullard <msboa.org">cbullardmsboa.org>
Okemos, MI USA - Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 14:20:09 (EST)
I brought my son, a young trombonist, to your concert last night. What a delight that concert was! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the music and the other effects that were added like the standing up of the sections, the soloists, the final encore where the players went out into the aisles, and the obvious pleasure that the conductor and players had in presenting us all with Sousa's music. I am sure the experience will affect my son and his feelings about being a trombonist. I hope that future concerts will be updated on the home page. I would love to attend again. THANK YOU!
Debbie Sandstrom
Elmhurst, IL USA - Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 15:23:46 (EST)
Wow, Keith! Who'd have thought almost 50 years ago, when we first met, that you would have all this behind you now. What a privilege for me to say that I have worked with you and have had my cup filled with some of your wonderful teaching techniques. I've heard said that a man's success is measured by the amount of people he has "touched" throughout his life. Well, my friend, I think this must mean that you (and your vision) have been a smashing success. Congratulations! I would love to hear from you if you ever have a minute. Sincerely, Jacquie
Jacqueline Goudey-Megquier <verizon.net">mewsikverizon.net>
Foxboro, MA USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 12:07:02 (EDT)
I'm a big fan of Sousa and the New Sousa Band. Does anyone know where I could buy one of the devices that is used to attach a cymbal to a bass drum like Sousa's drummers used??
Mike Woolley <yahoo.com">mikeok.1234yahoo.com>
Tulsa, Ok USA - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 15:13:04 (EDT)
I had the great honor of being a student of Dr.Louder's in 1968 at McNamara High School in Forestville,Md. He was great! Will you be doing a concert in the Baltimore,Maryland area anytime soon?
Chip Kinch <kinchhelp.com">chipkinchhelp.com>
Baltimore, Md USA - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 12:31:55 (EST)
Your concert at OSU was excellent!! was it recorded to be made into a CD for sale?
Barbara Bloetscher <osu.edu">bloetscher.1osu.edu>
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, February 08, 2008 at 17:47:59 (EST)
Attended the concert at Weigel Hall, Columbus, OH February 6, 2008. Saw an ad in Sunday's paper---called a friend, and we went. Wow!!!! Had no idea that the evening would be the best ever for instrumental lovers, and lovers of Sousa. Your style of directing was soooo entertaining. The band members SUPERB!!! Every section was the BEST. Flutes, your piccolo soloist, trombone soloist, the gal who sang---a darling, and loved her gowns, and her style. The best ever. My husband stayed home to watch basketball----how sad. My grandfather played in the American Legion Band in the 40's-50's---also directed our town band for over 50 yrs. (acquiring the directorship from his father) Lewis J. Weis of Magnolia, OH. We (my sisters and I) all played in high school marching bands and marched and played in his band in the summers. We did hometown homecoming festivals back in the 50's---and I remember doing all those Sousa numbers---he ate and slept Sousa. I treasure those times and memories. You made my day, Keith Brion. Then to have the OSU marching band there----I go to every Skull Session before every home football game and thoroughly love Dr. Wood and his style. They truly are TBDBITL. Can't wait to get some of those books you promoted. And, Paul Bierly, I read about him some 5 yrs. ago, and always thought I would contact him. Thanks for one of the best evenings I have ever enjoyed. And, for $5.00----wow.
Carol Maxwell <columbus.rr.com">jimcarolgobuckscolumbus.rr.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, February 07, 2008 at 18:19:18 (EST)
I love your band! I have to do a senior project in order to graduate this year, and I am working on putting together a Sousa Band. You site has helped get a greater idea of what I can do! Thanks!!
Austin-David ReBrook <aol.com">ausdavrebrookaol.com>
Pickerington, oh USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2007 at 08:32:37 (EDT)
to drummer holt: I would like your opinion on the interesting drum parts to "the thunderer" and " semper fidelis". Semper Fi, is sometimes written with a 7 note gruppeto for the solo, but the tempo can make that tough. would like your views. also, the scottish snap in Thunderer is an interesting piece of drumming, I'd like your view on that bit of music. I played in one of the US Army bands and still play for fun...hope you will e mail me with your views. jon
jon regas <jondc9@aol.com>
memyselfi
reno, nv USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 20:24:38 (EDT)
Thank you all for your grand performance at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Santa Ana, Califronia, Sunday, 3:00 p.m. June 11, 2006 - "Stars and Stripes: Marching Along with Sousa" and especially the stirring performance of "All Things You Are" by the sparkling beautiful Miss Charleen Ayers. My friend Jerry and his wife Judy, who went with me to this great concert; did a great deal of flag waving! Thank you, again for getting me to want to visit Ireland Now that I have heard "Danny Boy," What a Merry-go-round of great music you presented. I am still looking forward to seeing the "Coeds of Michigan," I'm sure John Philip Sousa once did see them? Thank you, all for your ***** five star performance. President Garfield would be proud of you all. Congratulations Keith Brion and your new Sousa band. You were grand! This first time concert go-er really enjoyed your great performance. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My what big flag you have! Great show! Great time! Love you all!
Bob Rahlwes <granddadbr@hotmail.com>
Ladera Ranch, CA USA - Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 09:52:45 (EDT)
Really enjoyed your recording on the Delos label. Especially the early recordings & Sousa's own voice!
George w. Burnham <GrTallguy@aol.com>
Retail
Chapel Hill, NC USA - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 12:12:28 (EDT)
If possible, please correct my Email address as it appears in your guest book. Thank You.
Thomas Ewing <sousafan1@yahoo.com>
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Albert Lea, MN USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 12:07:18 (EDT)
I love J P Sousa forever!
thomas e ewing <sousafan1@yahoo.com>
retired military
albert lea MN, USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 02:21:32 (EDT)
I would love to know when the New Sousa Band might be visiting the East Coast Region again? Might we ever see them at Carnegie Hall in NYC. It seems the band mostly tours out West in small town locations. I guess there were many of the places that Sousa's band originally went too, but your audience potentail will be limited there. please consider expanding your tour iternary to include more location out east here.
Roger Kennedy <waterloo3_99@yahoo.com>
New York Public Library
New York, NY USA - Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 17:30:10 (EST)
Performance at TexasA&M tonight stirring and better than in Beaumont about 15 years ago. You represent the best of America and our March King, Many many of us tonight are ex-military
William j. Reed, MD <rebr58@aol.com>
corpus christi, TX USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 00:32:44 (EST)
Dear Keith, I have just visited your web site,an am deeply moved to see that the memory of the great John Philip Sousa seems as popular as ever in the USA, it is a pity that it is not the case in my country, I am in posession of one CD made by your band and during my many years of playing in a military band in South Africa we featured the music of Sousa regularly I am a trombonist and as Sousa once said an I think I have got it right "the nearer the trombone the sweater the meat" Good lick for 2006 and keep on playing WO1 B Bunyard JCD / Imperial Light Horse
Brian Bunyard <brianb@pdconsulting.co.za>
Imperial Light Horse Band / South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 08:32:49 (EST)
Your picture seems to be light on Baritone Horns and Euphoniums! Did I see a "sagbutt" on the floor by the euphonium player...Baaaaaaaaaaad boy
James Leslie <injcisenatorleslie@hotmail.com>
Old Dam Community Band Newburgh Indiana
Evansville, IN USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 18:33:19 (EDT)
I have attended the concert a couple of times at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. It is a wonderful experience for Souza music lovers and music in general. I just ran across Keith Brion's name in the course of my work at the UW and it reminded me of those great evenings. I even shared them with co-workers and encouraged them to attend any future engagements.
Carolyn Adams <koala0399@hotmail.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 15:46:02 (EDT)
I had the memorable opportunity to see Keith Biron conduct the WMU concert band at Miller Auditorium on Sunday, October 16, 2005. What a marvelous performance....I became teary eyed several time. First, Mr. Biron, in sture and gesture reminded me of my father who was a former conducter/band director on the high school level. Second was during the Washington Post March...again it and King Cotton were my dad's favorites. And third when the band played the services songs...being a combat veteran from the Viet Nam era, I was moved. Again, THANK YOU!!!
Floyd Hindbaugh <fhindbaugh@sbcglobal.net>
Appreciative Audiance Member
Kalamazoo, MI USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 16:48:14 (EDT)
your band is the best that i have ever heard i play the tuba and your tuba section is very great
brian austin cash <austincsh@yahoo.com>
cowpens, s.c. USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 21:10:57 (EDT)
I like your web site. I linked to it from the Allentown Band site. Will you ever be in Allentown, PA to link up with the Allentown Band for a nice West Park concert. It would be awesome to have two really superb bands perform together.
R Wagner <rwagner2122@enter.net>
Allentown, PA USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 16:47:42 (EDT)
Really enjoyed your preformance in Green Bay, Wi Hope you come back very soon.Souse played in Green Bay many times when he was on tour. Come back soon!!
Ray Dufano <packergb@sbcglobal.net>
Green Bay, WI USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 18:17:46 (EDT)
when will you guys be in harrisburg
alex <otteson>
mech, PA USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 10:27:55 (EDT)
I saw your band years ago in Salt Lake City. I would like to know when you are planning to visit us again? It was fabulous!
Marta Barlow <knitwit57@msn.com>
Draper, UT USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 15:14:33 (EST)
Fascinated to find your web-site: from the sound clips you seem to be doing a wonderful job! My band is a mixture of pros, semi-pros, ex-Service musicians, students and teachers, current age-range 14 - 87 (and still doing marching gigs!). I must order up some of your recordings.
Frederick Frayling-Kelly <fredfk@hotmail.com>
Leith Community Concert Band, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Edinburgh, Scotland/UK - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:21:25 (EST)
loved the concert with the dayton (ohio) philharmonic in feb, 05. GREAT MUSICAL TRIBUTE to the members of the 5 branches of the military sevice - had the audience on its feet!
bill freeh <billfreeh@juno.com>
no bergen, nj USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 22:14:46 (EST)
Many thanks to Junkeater.com for their free service to eliminate SPAM from guestbooks. Hopefully today will mark the beginning of the end of SPAM in this guestbook!
Andy Myers <andy@rockinpa.com>
Newsousaband.com
Phoenixville, PA USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 10:55:42 (EST)
Would like to know when your band may be coming to Michigan for a concert
Ron Pretzer <rpretzer@hotmail.com>
Kalamazoo, mi USA - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 12:01:18 (EST)
Mr. Brion, I saw you perfom at Milwaukee with the symphony-truely amazing. Im glad to know that there are other people who care so much about this brilliant music. Keep up the good work! Hope you come back again to Milwaukee!
Alex <alexgary@execpc.com>
USA - Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 23:04:36 (EST)
Greeting Maestro Brion, I am looking to purchase two videos on the Great John Philip Sousa. I saw both of them on PBS and now cannot locate them. They are:The New John Philip Sousa Band;Live at Wolftrap (with Beverly Sills.and If You Knew Sousa Like I Know Sousa. Please help me share my love of Sousa with my music students at Marshall Middle school.Thank you for your help. and Thank you for keeping Sousa'a music alive and meaningful!! Musically yours, Thomas M. Baker
thomas baker <bakeroo@telis.org.>
Marshall Middle School Music Dept.
Upland, ca USA - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 11:59:22 (EST)
November6 is Mr. Sousa's birthday. I have been telling everyone I know to celebrate his birthday and you know what they say? They say "Who is that?" What are we teaching our kids in school? I am heartbroken that so many do not know about this man who contributed so much to our country with his wonderful patriotic marches. Thank you. Faith Salfen
Faith Salfen <faithsalfen@judgefite.com>
USA - Wednesday, November 03, 2004 at 11:06:45 (EST)
I love Sousa's marches. Your band is a wonderful real to life re-creation of Mr. Sousa's personna and fervor of music in a land of freedom. I hope the band will never stop playing and promoting Sousa's music. God bless you. Thanks.
Joel Clark
Portage, MI USA - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 13:18:48 (EDT)
Dear Keith, Purchased two of your CD's. What an immense pleasure to locate you. Without a doubt you were one of my finest teachers. I still have the old vinyls we cut back in the '60's with the NJ Wind Symphony! Also, listened to a wonderful interview with Jon the other day on NPR. Tears just streamed down my face....I remember babysitting for him. Even as a little one it was pretty clear that was talented. I remember as a toddler his pitch was just about perfect. Congrats. God Bless. Susan
Susan Lumia <BariTC@aol.com>
James Caldwell H.S. (1964)
Burlington, NJ USA - Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 11:22:11 (EDT)
My family were privledged to attend the concert you conducted with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. It was wonderful!! My two children(ages 12 and 13) were totaly thrilled wtih the cincert! Thanks for keeping sousa alive with yet another generation. Carol-Ann Parker
Carol-Ann Parker <carolannparker@hotmail.com>
USA - Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 21:04:02 (EDT)
Hello Keith...remember me from Caldwell Public schools? Hope all is well. fran
Fran DePalma-Iozzi (McBride) <fdepalma-iozzi@cwcboe.org>
Caldwell BD of Ed
Caldwell, nj USA - Wednesday, October 06, 2004 at 12:29:33 (EDT)
My husband and I were privileged to attend your concert at Pensacola Christian College last evening and what a wonderful evening it was -- such a relief from the recent weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. Thank you for coming and blessing us with such wonderful music.
Susan D. <long4heaven@cox.net>
Pensacola, FL USA - Sunday, October 03, 2004 at 14:40:20 (EDT)
KEITH, i FIRST MET YOU MORE YEARS AGO THEN WE WANT TO ADMIT,BY PHONE FROM BOB HOE'S OFFICE, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOPR PROVINDING THE GREAT MUSIC NOT MANY OF US ARE KEEPING ALIVE TODAY,YOU AND LORAS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB, THANK YOU FROM GRATEFUL BAND FANS BILL ROOSA PAST PRESIDENT WINDJAMMERS UNLIMITED KEEPING CIRCUS MUSIC ALIVE
Bill Roosa <broosa@roosacorp.com>
Windjammers
great Valley, ny USA - Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 02:08:49 (EDT)
I happened upon your website via Dr. Brian Bowman's website at the Univ. of North Texas. I hope I can hear you all play sometime - maybe if you come to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Chip Holman
Coppell, TX USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 23:40:11 (EDT)
Not yet had the pleasure of hearing you in concert but am hopeful you will make it to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area some day...perhaps a joint concert with the Dallas Wind Symphony? That would blow the roof off the concert hall!
Robert Tate
Keller, TX USA - Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 09:33:13 (EDT)
I am working on a new unit on Sousa for my junior high music students. any and all information is welcome and wonderful. I see you will be in Wichita Kansas on april 30, 2005. I'm checking to see if the school calendar will let me bring my band students to hear you? Is there the possibility of getting to meet the band and you? My kids would love it.
Arlene Ediger <aediger602@hotmail.com>
Cuba Kansas Schools
Jamestown, Ks USA - Monday, June 07, 2004 at 02:02:38 (EDT)
Just leaving my mark.
Larry Bishop <ve3lab@msn.com>
North Bay, Canada - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 01:31:11 (EDT)
Dear Keith: re: World's Greatest Band Conductor I attended last night's concert in Danbury. All the band members were smiling throughout the evening. I'm not a great trumpet player, but I've played in some very good bands for some excellent conductors. You are a wonderful director. Long ago, Jonathan Elkus, then Lehigh's band director advised that John Philip Sousa never intended a tempo slowing at the intro to the last passage of Stars and Stripes. Most bands do this. Sure enough, you maintained the quick step pace. Thanks for a great evening. It was my birthday, so it was even better.
Steve Breckley <breckleys@earthlink.net>
Brookfield, CT USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:28:22 (EDT)
Hello. I hope you can help me. I am trying to research my family tree. I understand that my great-grandfather was a trumbonist in John Phillip Sousa's orchestra. He passed away @ 1977 when he was 77 years old. His name was Joseh Durso. that is all the info that I have!! Any info would be extremely helpful. Thank you! Rich Durso
rich durso <richardj34@yahoo.com>
phila, pa USA - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 08:53:41 (EDT)
Your concert in New Orleans was fantastic. I am an avid Sousa fan as is my son who was recently named Band Director at our local high school. He says I am going to direct KING COTTON at the spring concert. It was inspirational and a tribute to a great man. Arthur Pryor would have been especially proud of the trombone solo and Hot Trombones.I started my own band at Spring Hill College in 1951 as did my dad in 1920. Music is the magic of the soul. Our music club recently gave the Sousa Biography by Biereley to our local library. Long live Sousa. Richard Gibbens Robichaux of Thibodaux, La.
Richard Gibbens Robichaux <gibrob1@mobiletel.com>
GIBROB ENTERPRISES
Thibodaux, LA USA - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 13:06:47 (EDT)
Really enjoyed the concert Mr. Brion had with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on 16 Apr 2004. I felt the programming was very enjoyable, and as a Navy Bandmaster, very authentic. Thanks very much, and I look forward to seeing more. LT D. W. Hodge, USN Navy Band New Orleans 2300 General Meyer Ave New Orleans, LA 70142-5007
David W. Hodge <dhodge2@cox.net>
Navy Band New Orleans
New Orleans, LA USA - Sunday, April 18, 2004 at 17:59:56 (EDT)
Greetings to Keith Brion and the wonderful New Sousa Band. I have yet to see the band in person, but I have every intention to do so! Thanks to my late father, I have always been a "wind" enthusiast and Mr. Sousa, in particular. My father played trumpet and cornet and, as a youth, had the unique privilege of being conducted by Mr. Sousa circa 1929-30 as a member of a "Junior Sousa Band" in Trenton, NJ. Since his passing two years ago, the family has created a scholarship fund honoring a select brass player from Bernards High School in NJ in order to promote brass instrumentalists for the future. I still possess my dad's Boy Scout bugle, his 1950 bugle corps soprano bugle and his cornet (the trumpet was long ago given to a very deserving student)...As an interesting sidelight, a brief story: My dad's specialty solo piece throughout his pre-WWII youth was Frank Simon's "Willow Echoes". In 1991 I moved my family to West Chester, Ohio and, lo and behold, found that I was living a mere 25 minutes from Middletown, Ohio, Frank Simon's birthplace and home of the famous Armco Band of the '30's where Mr. Simon carried on the traditions of his old "boss", Mr. Sousa. ( Also location of the first convention of the American Bandmaster's Association!) A roundabout connection, but something that piqued my interest and meant a great deal to me. Keep up the great work, thanks for the joy of fine music and I'll check the tour itinerary and try to catch the best band in the land!
Robert W. Stout <rstout@cinci.rr.com>
William A. Stout Scholarship
West Chester, OH USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 16:49:53 (EST)
Hello! My husband and I would just like to commend the MAC on presenting one of the best musical events we've had the privilege of attending, Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band. We've been MAC subscribers for several years, besides attending other theaters, and have never enjoyed an evening of music as much as we did this one. We sincerely hope the MAC will invite them back to perform next season!
Kay and Dick Guerra
Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:05:00 (EDT)
Good Morning Mr. Brion - I just wanted to let you know how much my students and I enjoyed the performance of the New Sousa Band at the College of DuPage this past Saturday evening. I am the band director at Payton College Prep High School in Chicago and we traveled out to DuPage from downtown Chicago - their commments ranged from "Now I see what you mean"; "He's doing exactly what you do" and "I didn't know a band could play that soft or loud with good tone". They really enjoyed the "U.S. Field Artillery March", (we performed this at band contest last year) and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (played at our Winter Holiday Concert). We are currently working on the "Stars & Stripes" as the encore for our upcoming Spring performance. On the trip home, the students were singing their band music! The only disappointment was that the Payton students were the only teenage band students in the audience and that more local directors did not bring their students to hear this superb concert band. We are looking forward to your return to the Chicago area. Again, thank you for a superb concert that my students will certainly not forget. Best Regards, Glenn Rode
Glenn Rode <RodeG@payton.cps.k12.il.us>
Monday, March 15, 2004 at 08:13:05 (EDT)
Well, the New Sousa Band's performance at the North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City, IA)on the evening of May 30th, 2003 was everything I hoped it would be, and more. What a great, entertaining evening of wonderful music and incredible musicianship! I would be willing to drive several hundred miles to see this group play again. They are keeping alive the sound and spirit of Sousa. The performance at NIACC was attended by Meredith Willson's widow, who seemed thrilled by the proceedings. Also in reply to Mr. Vance's note (below), some of the New Sousa Band did play in the Band Fest parade, as many as could fit on the small float that was available to them! I know many members of the group saw The Music Man Square (http://www.themusicmansquare.org/) because there were clinics for area middle school and high school musicians at the upstairs conservatory. My son (budding trombonist) came downstairs after the clinic floating on Cloud Nine! It's rare and wonderful opportunity for a small town like ours to have such a high caliber of visiting musicians. Many thanks to the New Sousa Band for coming to "River City" and participating in our Band Fest Weekend.
Brian Brennan
Mason City, IA USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 13:07:38 (EDT)
Dear Keith, Still hope you and the Band will again make a West Coast appearance. It's been a long time since you were at the Clairmont Colleges, but I vividlt remember the best concert I ever went to! Best Wishes, Bill Loeb
William P Loeb <Bill_Loeb@msn.com>
La Verne, CA USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 21:28:01 (EDT)
Dear Keith, I enjoyed reading all the wonderful things people have to say about you and your music. I have not seen you perform but certainly hope you will perform in the bay area sometime soon. A very nice gentleman gave me one of your cds. It's just delightful. Thank you for sharing your marvelous talent with the world. H. and S. Shirrel A. Watts
Shirrel <shirrel@msn.com>
Once Again
Fair Oaks, CA USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 23:07:28 (EDT)
Thank you! For my Grandmother, thank you! My father took his mother to your performance in Seattle last weekend. I spoke to her yesterday and I believe it was one of the most wonderful experiences she has had in her 89 years on this planet. I cried as she told about the concert. I will watch your site for a near-by performance. Hopefully soon.
Craig Leonard <craigandnanette@msn.com>
Fort Collins, CO USA - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 23:57:45 (EDT)
Attending your concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle May 25,2003, brought my wife and great pleasure and joy. I was reminded of my early years when playing in a band was among my happiest times. Thank you for preserving and nurturing the musicand style of Sousa for whom there was no equal.
Conrad Green <conjud@attbi.com>
Poulsbo, WA USA - Monday, May 26, 2003 at 19:45:50 (EDT)
Mrs. Vukich (Susan) and I were priviledged to attend a New Sousa Band concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington on Sunday May 25, 2003. To simply say that it was magnificent in every aspect probably does not do it justice! We wish to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants. We want you to know that we truly appreciate all that you are doing to preserve and present the music of John Philip Sousa to America and the world. May you enjoy many more years of successful presentations and we are hopeful that one day you will again make it possible for Seattleites to hear and see you perform this wonderful, vibrant music!
Robert Vukich
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, May 26, 2003 at 12:45:59 (EDT)
My claim to John Philip Sousa is through Meredith Willson who bought his first piccolo from the Vance Music Co. of Mason City,Ia. That was my father who sold that piccolo. I am now carrying on the connection by being a part of the Music Man Square project. I hope your band members will have time to visit Music Man Square and Meredith's home next door. I am sorry that I am not able to attend your concert in Mason City,Iowa for I would have loved to hear the concert. My wife is an invalid and I can't be away from her very long. Hopefully I will hear you sometime in Florida.
John D.Vance <Johnv5250@aol.com>
retired
Leesburg, FL USA - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 17:08:09 (EDT)
I love Sousa music and I think this great what you guys are doing. Have a great tour and lots of fun.
Jamie
Ca USA - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 01:22:50 (EDT)
I was wondering if anyone could tell me where to find photos of the band memebers during the 1920's. My great grandfather played the drums during that time and I would love to have info/photos on that.... Thanks !
Rebecca Holt Volpe <rvolp@attbi.com>
Taunton, MA USA - Monday, April 14, 2003 at 10:21:40 (EDT)
I can hear the music in my head, so rather than take my daily walk; think I'll march instead. Nice site Keith. Thanks for putting me on to it.
Helen <hause243@hotmail.com>
L.A., ca USA - Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 10:16:23 (EST)
I remember when Keith Brion visited for a week with our band in the mid 90's and we performed at Georgia Tech. It was a great experience, and also one of the best performances played by the band while I was there.
Randy Lauscher <yooper15@aol.com>
Army Ground Forces Band
Atlanta, GA USA - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 18:13:29 (EST)
I attended your concert in Green Bay last year - PLEASE come back!! Love your band and Sousa's music!!!
Cathy Lehnertz <celehner@earthlink.net>
Green Bay, WI USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2003 at 08:38:59 (EST)
I have enjoyed several of your CD's for 5 years now & am looking forward to your concerts in Valparaiso In
Tom Labadie <TJLAUDDBC@adsnet.com>
none
Michigan City, In USA - Sunday, February 02, 2003 at 21:28:50 (EST)
Nice site, hope to hear you play sometime!!
shoe girl
Knoxville, tn USA - Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 17:08:16 (EST)
I enjoyed your performance in Dayton several years ago. Hope that you come back soon.
Kent Zimmerman <kensaszman@ameritech.net>
Dayton, oh USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2002 at 12:01:46 (EST)
GREAT TO HAVE FOUND THIS WEB SITE, I WILL VISIT AGAIN.
MILLARD HAINES <HMNKHAINES@NETZERO.NET>
SPIRES BRASS BAND FREDERICK, MARYLAND
JEFFERSON, MD. USA - Sunday, December 15, 2002 at 08:24:22 (EST)
I would like to find some pictures of John P. Sousa's Marching Band. My grandfather played in his band. He played the French horn and the timpany. My grandfather's name was Adolph LeBourgois. My daughter's band teacher would love to see them.
Darlene Stroschein <D_n_GunnieStro@msn.com>
family and home
Clearview, WA USA - Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 23:57:25 (EST)
Greetings from an iterent musician. I have committed all the trombone (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Symphony Bass)and baritone scored parts to The Stars and Stripes. I have played the Countrys' march so many times and for so long (nearly 55 years at junior high school, through college, and semi-pro organizations. My High School Band Director who will always be my mentor commented "you will never be a good bandsman until you have the parts committed to memory. Then you can walk out during the second pass through the trio, you be able to hold your horn up, close your eyes, and play, but listen to the rest of the ensemble". How true. If you ever travel to the upper part of the Hudson Valley in New York State (Poughkeepsie to Albany, State Line to Hermiker County, etc, please let me know. I will surely travel to hear the organization. I'm sure do works other than Sousa, as did John Phillip conduct himself, along with Prior, or the other subconductors. Thanks for letting me sign. Yours musically, Wess Cross
Wess Cross <linedwrr@hvi.net>
Local 215 A. F. of M. long time member
Stone Ridge, NY USA - Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 22:40:10 (EST)
My wife and I recently attended your concert at Bob Jones University, I have always loved marches, and especially in the times we live, my heart thrilled with pride as I listened to these grand marches. My father, who is now 93, has told me many times that he once played his trumpet in the Sousa Band when it came to (Lincoln) Nebraska. Is there any way I get information on his past tour dates - to actually find out the date that my father played in his band?
Gene Bustard <gene-bettybustard@juno.com>
Greenvile, SC USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 14:17:29 (EDT)
To Keith Brion, His Sousa Band and Miss Charleen Ayers, Thank you so much for coming to Bob Jones University and providing a special concert for everyone! Opening up with the National Anthem was special, and truly knowing what the words mean when we sang the song! I won't forget this Artist Series and what the words of the songs that were played mean to me! My favorite songs that were played at the concert was the Patriotic Salute; Sing Along, Songs of the Military, and the National March.
Joy Redman <Joyful2003@juno.com>
Taylors, SC USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 14:14:28 (EDT)
Dear Mr.Brion: My grandfather,Fred W.Bayers,was a saxophone soloist with the Sousa band from 1921-1923.I am fortunate enough to be in possession of the Conn alto he played during that time,as well as other Sousa memorabilia.I know of two times you've played the Ft. Myers area at Barbara B.Mann Hall and unfortunatley missed both concerts.I hope you'll consider this venue in the future...I'll not miss the band next time.Please feel free to respond. Thank you! Bob Bayers
Bob Bayers <Bayers1488@earthlink.net>
Ft. Myers , Fl USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 13:53:31 (EDT)
This is for Keith Brion: Mr. Brion, you might not remember me but I presented Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band several years ago at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown, PA. It was bitterly cold and we had a hard time keeping the old Vaudeville hall warm enough for the musicians. One memorable part of the evening, other than the superb musicianship, was the fact that one of the audience members, who has since died, witnessed the original Sousa band in that same theatre. I have since left the presenting field but as a former presenter and, more importantly, as a former band conducter, I would like to tell you that your performance back in the mid-90's remains one of the highlights of my musical life. Thank you for your dedication to preserving the music of Mr. Sousa. Lastly, I hope that this message reaches Mr. Brion. Thank you. Regards, Kelly Johnson, fmr Executive Director, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Uniontown, PA, fmr band director Evans High School, Orlando, FL; Oak Ridge High School, Orlando, FL; Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL.
Kelly Johnson <aleljoh@worldnet.att.net>
Winter Haven, Florida USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 16:54:34 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Brion,My son(10yrs ) and I attended the concert of 6/29 in Columbus, Ohio with the Columbus symphony. I closed my eyes and thought of being in the town square w/Mr.Sousa'a band.What a wonderful night,we thank-you very much. We're looking foward in seeing The New Sousa's Band. On the way home ,my son said, "dad, I would like to play in a band". Thank-You,God Bless ,Dave Humphrey
David Humphrey <TheHumps@peoplepc.com>
W.Jefferson, Oh USA - Monday, July 01, 2002 at 00:32:37 (EDT)
J.P.Sousa and his music (with sound) should be a required course somewhere within K-1 through K-12 in all public and private schools in the U.S. Your'memorial band'could be the basis of a video for such a course. Jack Metzger, Allentown HIgh School Band (1947-1950)under Alburtis Meyers
Jack Metzger <JFmetz@aol.com>
Tucson, AZ USA - Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 13:40:25 (EDT)
Dear Mr Brion, I was lucky enough to see and hear the New Sousa Band when you performed at the South Florida Community College Auditorium... I was very pleased to meet John Beck, formerly of the Marine Band and protegee of Ollie Zinsmeister. The highlight of the evening for me was when Brian Holt donned a field drum and played Semper Fidelis in front of the band. Brian and John are two of the finest percussionists anywhere. Thank You again for creating this band. Larry Pate
Larry Pate <lppate@earthlink.net>
Highlands County Concert Band - Marine Corps Musicians Assoc.
Avon Park, Fl USA - Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 23:09:17 (EDT)
Thank you, that you are! Nostalgie...
Amateur <maroik@hotmail.com>
USA - Friday, June 07, 2002 at 14:16:06 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Brion: I am proud to say I played under your direction back in 1960-1962 in Newton High School. Perhaps you remember me I was the only girl trombone player at the time. I always remember people who made a good impression on me, and you are one of those people,a person who is good, talented,and unforgetable. "Bravo" regarding your New Sousa Band, I own some of your recordings,and cherish them. I am sincerely hoping you play one of your concerts someday in Newton,or nearby,I most certainly will attend,and hope to say hello. Back in the 70's Keith & I both played in the Norwich concert band in Norwich Connecticut,and did some parades, we played alot of Sousa numbers. God bless you and your wonderful group, may your talent and music play on forever! Sincerely, Ellen
ellen(wilson) leach <jonsie86@hotmail.com>
newton, nj USA - Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 14:30:47 (EDT)
naxos vol.1 transported me to West Park and the Lyric theater about 70 years ago. My friend Dr. Frank Crawford was the last Sousa Fraternal member and youngest person, seventeen, to join Sousa. Died a few years ago.Richard Smith
richard smith <snar@idworld.net>
hollywood park, tx USA - Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 16:53:05 (EDT)
vol2,naxos, sounds like allentown band of 1930-50, under alburtis meyers, my high school band director.absolutely super!!
richard smith <snar@idworld.net>
hollywood park, tx USA - Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 18:37:12 (EDT)
Hi! Olá, My name is Renato. I am Brazillian. I am a Student of Music in The Brazil. I Play Clarinet Bb, Play in The Band of Music Pe. Petrus Van Erk. We too Playing the Marchs of John Philip Sousa, Semper Fidelis and Whashington Post. I Liking of Speak for The Maestro of New Sousa Band! Visitem: www.bandademusicapepetrusvanerk.hpg.com.br Renato Brazil
Renato Matos Alves <renatomalves@aol.com>
Res.
Fortaleza, CE Brazil - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 13:54:49 (EDT)
Love the band ... ever think you'll get on the Stern Show?
Vito
NYC, USA - Monday, April 22, 2002 at 21:50:08 (EDT)
Hi Keith -- Another former student checking in! When we were kids living in NYC, Ada and Sr. took us to the Goldman Band Concerts -- which we all loved intensely. Then we lived for many years far from Central Park! But, as your flute student and member of the Newton HS band, I returned to the scene of the fun on trips you organized. You imparted a true appreciation of all types of music but seemed to escpcially infect all of us with your enthusiasam for band music and the marches. And you as Sousa -- it is just perfect! I hope I can catch this act again very soon. In the meantime -- all the very best wishes to you and LaRue and the kids. Martina Leonard PS-- I still occasionally toot a flute, and even recently bought the Louis Lot of my dreams. Wish I played well enough to do that flute justice!
Martina Leonard <karlfossum@hotmail.com>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 15:26:33 (EDT)
Thank you for much pleasure from the CDiscs of Sousa you have release in recent years with Naxos. Are there more to come? I hope so. How many and when? Keep up the good work. Best regards Frank Kempster
Frank Kempster <frank.kempster@nexans.com>
Bedford, NS Canada - Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 20:46:10 (EST)
What an excellent concert last evening(3/22/02)at the Weidner in Green Bay.Your guest soloist was outstanding,as were individual band members who were featured. Recognizing present and past servicemen was fitting in light of what has been happening in our world.Your closing selections honoring our country and state, as you heard I'm sure, topped off the evening and left us all wanting more. We have attended 2 of your concerts at Green Bay, and hopefully we can be there again when you are. Thank you. Arno & Dorothy Herwig aherwig@tcei.com
Arno Herwig
Kiel, Wi USA - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 16:47:21 (EST)
What an excellent concert last evening(3/22/02)at the Weidner in Green Bay.Your guest soloist was outstanding,as were individual band members who were featured. Recognizing present and past servicemen was fitting in light of what has been happening in our world.Your closing selections honoring our country and state, as you heard I'm sure, topped off the evening and left us all wanting more. We have attended 2 of your concerts at Green Bay, and hopefully we can be there again when you are. Thank you. Arno & Dorothy Herwig
Arno Herwig <aherwig>
Kiel, Wi USA - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 16:42:42 (EST)
This is the second time I have heard your band perform in Green Bay. They were excellent. I also enjoyed very much the lightness of Mr. Sousa while directing his concert band. It contributes to the "personality" of J P Sousa. Your military tribute to men in uniform was excellent. Keep up your good work. Many people are in need to hear your music. THANK YOU
Nola Leuthner <nolaleuthner@yahoo.com>
none
Green Bay, WI USA - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 09:54:18 (EST)
Love your CD's; you're truly keeping the Sousa tradition alive. I'm looking forward to what you have planned for Mr. Sousa's 150th birthday 6Nov'04. Thank you for honoring Paul Bierley in Columbus,OH last year--did someone happen to compose a new March for the occaision? He deserves it. Please consider a West coast tour, as Thousand Oaks has an outstanding concert venue, not to mention the other great communities of California. Can't wait! Respectfully, Tom.
Thomas E Ewing <sousafan1@yahoo.com>
Thousand Oaks, CA USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 01:34:07 (EST)
Apologies to anyone who recently tried to sign the guestbook and received an error. The problem has been corrected by our ISP, and you should now be able to sign the guestbook. Thanks!
Andy Myers <admyers@netreach.net>
Newsousaband.com
Phoenixville, PA USA - Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 09:50:27 (EST)
Attended the symphony at Amarillo, TX ,Nov. 17, 2001. Inspiring, uplifting, invigorating. All are timid adjectives of the performance. A wonderful synergy of musicians and audience. Cannot think of better words to say except: T H A N X for coming.
Dr. A. S. Abdullah <asadvm@xit.net>
Dalhart, TX USA - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 15:40:35 (EST)
In 1994 I believe I heard your band my freshman year of College at Pensacola Christian College. I enjoyed it then, and would love to hear you all again!
Naomi Ishioka <Omikid@aol.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA - Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 18:14:14 (EST)
Great site. Our dance company has been using some of Sousa's dance tunes in our performances of historical social dance to show the variety of American music. We'd love the chance to dance to it live sometime! Steven Percer Artistic Director
Steven Percer <history@one.net>
Forget-Me-Not, the Historical dance Company
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 21:04:39 (EST)
hey nice site but i got one question what does the song King Cotton mean? i was wondering because we are playing it in band
amber dewyea <dewdrop_00_2000@yahoo.com>
sinclairville, ny USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 15:32:04 (EDT)
hey nice site but i got one question what does the song King Cotton mean? i was wondering because we are playing it in band
amber dewyea <dewdrop_00_2000>
sinclairville, ny USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 15:31:53 (EDT)
Mr Brion, On October 6th my wife & I were visiting Cedar Rapids Iowa for the first time. We had spent the day touring the Amana Colonies and decided to attend the Cedar Rapids Symphony. It was the first time for both ous us. Being a former US Marine and being very patriotic, it was only appropriate to go to hear the Sousa music. We both were overwhelmed at the sound of the musicians during the performance. It touched my heart when you performed the parade of services, especially the Marine Corps Hymm. When the giant flag of "Old Glory" rolled down during "The Stars & Stripes Forever" it brought a tear to many eyes. Thank you for the touching remarks about the servicemen of our country. We hope to see you again!!!! God Bless You, Jim & Nancy Good
Jim Good <jlgood50@hotmail.com>
Addison, Mi USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 12:00:13 (EDT)
Just testing the guestbook since the site was recently re-hosted. Thanks to everyone for their comments!
Andy Myers <admyers@netreach.net>
Webmaster
Phoenixville, PA USA - Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 22:04:27 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Brion, My dad and I attended a New Sousa Band concert in Erie in 1986 and loved it. Being Sousa fans, we looked forward to seeing the band again. Last night in Erie, our hopes were realized when we saw the band at Mercyhurst College's Fourth of July celebration. We would have been there even it had rained. I left a family picnic to attend the concert which I could not miss. We weren't disappointed. What a wonderful concert! Nice variety of music and, of course, those great marches played crisply. Thanks for the great music and for keeping Sousa's legacy alive. I'll do my part to kept it alive in my sons, ages 10 and 12, like my father kept it alive in me. Come back soon and often. Gary Loncki Erie, Pa.
Gary Loncki <gloncki@eriercd.org>
Erie, PA USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 13:26:06 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Brion, I have always been enamored of Sousa's marches since I played them on the old '78's on my grandmother's wind-up Victrola. And last night was a delight. I loved your conducting and thought that I was seeing the re-incarnation of John Philip Sousa. I know that you studied his movements through old news reels. I had a two-way radio and heard that the local weather channel had said that the rain and lightning would be on us in 10 minutes. I heard the command to get the fireworks started early. I could not tell if they had told you so but your aplomb in continuing the concert and the band members never missing a beat was in the best tradition of Sousa, I'm sure. For those of us on the field, the sky exploding overhead coupled with your wonderful music was delightful. I was one of those who Henny-Pennied off the field at the end of the fireworks, regretting that I could not stop to tell you what great joy your brought to the college. I trust that this will find its way to you to tell you just how wonderful the concert was. I appreciate your reviving this type of music and your attention to detail from your conducting to the uniform. I would have sat in the rain, if necessary to hear you. Congratulations on the whole experience. I hope that I get to attend another of your concerts. Until then, I will content myself with your CD, "The Original All-American Sousa!" and who knows, may invest in another one to keep the wolf from your door. Keep up the wonderful tradition which brings such joy to us. Sincerely, Phyllis Aiello 2207 Wagner Ave. Erie, PA 16510 mailto:paiello@velocity.net
Phyllis Aiello <paiello@velocity.net>
Mercyhurst College
Erie, PA USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 11:53:07 (EDT)
Hi to all in the New Sousa Band, really enjoyed reading about your excellent Band. Are you planning to visit the UK at any time as I would love to hear you other than your recordings. I play principal Cornet for Fishburn Band (please visit our site)and our Band have often played Sousa marches, I didn't realise that there was actually a band dedicated to his music. Great stuff!...keep up the good work, John.
John Gill <fishburnband@hotmail.com>
Fishburn Band
UK - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 19:00:12 (EDT)
I wan't so bad to be in the Marine Band. I love the works of JPS. He's such an insperation to my life. My favorite song of his would have to be Semper Fedelis.
JPS Wann Abe
USA - Friday, May 04, 2001 at 12:12:23 (EDT)
W/ husband and 3 friends,attended last nights concert. We enjoyed it THOROUGHLY! Were intrigued by Mr. Brion's style, and enjoyed all selections played. Did not have time to get a CD; will try to find one later. THANK YOU!
Lois C. Riddle (Mrs. Joseph) <joloridd@gateway.net>
Resident, L.B. CA; subscriber to LB Symphony "POPS"
Long Beach, CA USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 19:39:21 (EDT)
Here’s a cool chance to perform live in front of 35,000 people and sign contract, what’s more you get exciting prizes and a chance to meet Pamela Anderson. Go to http;//www.jamwithpam.com
Tim <smackthunder@yahoo.com>
ohio, ohio USA - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 02:52:52 (EDT)
I was fortunate to hear the NSB play a couple of years ago in Melbourne, Fl. The sound is wonderful. I was especially proud when you mentioned John J. Heney and his career at DeLand High School as Bandmaster. Mr. Heney used his experience in the Sousa Band to inspire and educate us in more than music. You and your web page have inspired us to perpetuate his memory in our own web site. Thank you for carrying the torch in the Sousa Tradition.
William Whitman <BWHITMAN@MPINET.NET>
DeLand High School Band Class of 1960
Cocoa, Fl. USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 01:18:16 (EDT)
Your website is so wonderful! Is there a possibility of your coming to Atlanta, Georgia this year? I will always love Mr. Sousa's music. Our DeLand High School Band, under the direction of Mr. John J. Heney, played a lot of it every year. Thanks again. Bee (formerly Beulah Haight, DeLand, Florida)
Beulah Haight (now, "Bee" Ruff) <laugh@mindspring.com>
DeLand High School Band class of 1960, DeLand, Florida
Loganville, GA USA - Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 23:32:29 (EDT)
I've spent my whole life being asked if I'm related to the famous composer (the answer is no), but I do find it interesting to listen to Sousa music and read about the great composer. Best of luck to the New Sousa Band.
Jon-Paul Sousa <jonpaulsousa@yahoo.com>
Arlington, VA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 14:03:27 (EST)
On Saturday 17 February, along with six other friends we had the privilege of attending your performance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. It was without a doubt a night to remember for each of us. The musical selections were outstanding, as were the performances of Mr. Ritt and Ms. Ayers. I only hope you will appear in Seattle in the not too distant future. Best regards and....Semper Fidelis...Boyce
Boyce & Charlotte Clark <bclarkusmc@aol.com>
USMC Ret.
Edmonds, WA USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 18:17:21 (EST)
SEVERAL YEARS AGOE I ATTENDED A CONCERT HELD AT THE PROCTORS THEATER IN SCHENECTADY NEW YORK FEATURING A NEW SOUSAS BAND. THIS CONCERT WAS THE HI-LITE OF MY LIFE. I HAVE NEVER ENJOYED A CONCERT AS MUCH AS I DID THAT ONE. I HAVE BELONGED TO THE AMSTERDAM COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION FOREVER AND HAVE ENJOYED SOME OF THE GREATEST TALENT THAT YOU WOULD EVER WANT TO SEE AND HEAR, BUT THE CONCERT THAT STANDS OUT AS THE GREATEST WAS THE SOUSA BAND AT THE PROCTORS THEATER IN SCHENECTADY NEW YORK. THIS BRINGS UP THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE NEW SOUSA BAND IS FAMILIAR WITH THE CONCERT ASSOCIATION THAT I AM BEEN A MEMBER FOR SO MANY YEARS, AND IF SO, IS THE BAND AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE SCHEDULING. I WOULD APPRECIATE A REPLY SO I COULD PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO THE GOVERNING BODY OF THIS ASSOCIATION. I WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BAND FOR THIS 2001 YEAR. I CAN OMLY HOPE THAT YOUR SCHEDULE WILL BRING YOU TO AN AREA CLOSE ENOUGH TO AMSTERDAM NEW YORK SO THAT I CAN SEE AND HEAR YOU AGAIN. THANKS MUCH RON AT (lectric@superior.net)
RONALD LAWTON <lectric@superior.net>
AMSTERDAM COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION
AMSTERDAM, NY USA - Saturday, February 03, 2001 at 14:34:11 (EST)
LOOKING FOR MY LATE GREAT GREAT UNCLES NAME (C. TURNER NEARING ON A LIST OF FORMER SOUSA CIRCUS BAND MEMBERS
kelly j cole <KELLY.COLE.LG9R@STATEFARM.COM>
peculiar threads
WAYNE , NJ USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 12:27:42 (EST)
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Obrion as my music teacher while in my freshman year at Newton High School, Newton, NJ, in 1962. That one year made an unforgettable impression on me. He was a delight as a person and a teacher. I hope to be able to see the New Sousa Band when it performs in Cheyenne, WY, this year and hope to be able to speak to Mr. Obrion after the concert.
Charlie Card <ccard@concert-visp.com>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 10:08:10 (EST)
Hello! I was fortunate to be a member of the DeLand High School Band from 1954-1960. It was then under the direction of John Joseph Heney, the last living drummer of the John Phillip Sousa Band. It was indeed a priviledge to be a part of the band, and to have the instruction of such a great teacher. The people in our band class of 1960 remain in contact with each other. We want to plan to get together for a concert each year. We would like to have your schedule for 2001 so that we can make that our goal to attend a concert. Please let me know about your plans for next year. Sincerely, Bee Ruff
Bee Ruff <laugh@mindspring.com>
Graduate of DeLand High School Band, DeLand, Florida
Loganville, GA USA - Monday, October 30, 2000 at 23:22:17 (EST)
You are WELCOME to visit my webpage.
Odinn Thor
Reykjavik, ICELAND - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 18:09:20 (CDT)
Schöne Grüße aus dem Burgenland sendet! Tolle Seite. Wir wünschen Euch auf Eurem weiteren musikalischen Weg viel Glück und Erfolg - und vor allem Spaß :-)
Norbert Wendelin <n.wendelin@nextra.at>
Wendi´s Böhmische Blasmusik
Nickelsdorf, Österreich - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 07:23:09 (CDT)
We saw and loved the band a few years ago in Pasadena, have purchased your CDs, but we are really hoping the band will perform again in the Los Angeles area!
Diane & Wayne Bonner <dfbonner@aol.com>
Gardena, CA USA - Wednesday, July 05, 2000 at 01:20:04 (CDT)
My brother-in-law took us to the concert in Rockford on July 3 and we absolutely loved it! We hope for an opportunity to enjoy the band again.
Steve Ebling
Cedarburg, WI USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 22:17:59 (CDT)
I play a Tuba in a small community band. I would very much like to see your band on the west coast sometime soon. Love Sousa music.
Jerry Jensen <jjensen74@hotmail.com>
Port Orchard, WA USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 00:43:14 (CDT)
Seeing your website brings back many fond JCHS memories. Looking forward to your Sugarloaf concert on July 1. Regards to your family. -Bob and Ellen Sigler
Robert Sigler <rsigler@warwick.net>
Middletown, NY US very well. I'm just back from my grandson's (Corwin's 2nd child) first birthday. Also saw Tambra and Ariel and Diana in D.C. over the past holidays. Best to LaRue and the kids. Allenna
allenna leonard <allenna@attglobal.net>
Toronto, ON Canada - Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 16:24:13 (CST)
Marches need a transfusion. Elements of popular music, jazz, blues, gospel, or whatever need to be intertwined into the basic structure of the march. See my site for a new brass look at religious music.
Sam McFerrin <mcferrin@tubasam.com>
TubaSam
Montgomery, AL USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 22:11:31 (CST)
No matter what is happening, no can be sad when hearing a Sousa march.
Joel Halprin <Jhalprin@nortelnetworks.com>
Nortel Networks
Richardson, TX USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 16:50:19 (EDT)
I find it so sad that the old tradition of the marching band music is gone,especially that of Sousa.The highschool bands play all modern music when they play for games etc.I finally found a cd with J.P.Sousa's traditional music of old and I again enjoy the oldtime marching band music.....
Sisto A. Ascione <SAscione@AOL.com>
retired musician
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 09:40:48 (EDT)
Very interesting site. Nice sights and sounds to be had and enjoyed by all. I used to be a David Bowie fan, but now all I listen to is Sousa and Traditional Turkish musics.
Vince Wainbridge
USA - Friday, September 17, 1999 at 12:12:14 (EDT)
i like the music
Sam Kramer
Mt. laurel, nj USA - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at 14:25:08 (EDT)
Sousa is great! I was just wondering which particular Congress Hall the march, Congress Hall March was written about. I would appreciate an email! Natalie
Natalie Clark <SabinaGrace@yahoo.com>
Kentland, IN USA - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 20:43:24 (EDT)
I have been a Sousa fan for most of my life and I have noticed that interest in Mr. Sousa is seeming getting stronger. His music is being played as much or more now than when he was alive And this means his operas any of the other songs that he play The band that I am associated with is playing an ALL Sousa Concert on Aug 31, 1999. Hope you keep up the good work in keeping Sousa alive and well in our memories
Ed Ward <Swampfoxx@earthlink.net>
Richmond Concert Band Richmond, Va
Glen Allen, , Va USA - Saturday, August 28, 1999 at 13:40:51 (EDT)
Dear Keith: I have taken the liberty to link to your site and have placed your URL on the Whatsnew page as well as on the front page of the HERITAGE Of MILITARY BANDS of the World. Continued success . I saw your on PBS a few years agao and it was magnificent Best wishes jack
jack Kopstein <Jack_Kopstein@bc.sympatico.ca>
The Heritage of Military bands of the World
Chilliwack, BC Canada - Friday, July 23, 1999 at 18:45:27 (EDT)
Keith, Still have fond memories of JCHS days and of the first Sousa set we performed in concert. Do a concert at Susquehanna University so I can bring my family to see you.
Bill Flather <wflather@seda-cog.org>
Lewisburg, PA USA - Wednesday, July 14, 1999 at 12:57:12 (EDT)
Dear Keith, As much as I enjoyed your web page, I must confess my reason for visiting is your magnificent new recording of music from "Babes in Toyland." You guessed it; I am a hard core Victor Herbert fan and I want everyone who visits this page to know that this new Herbert CD is a feast for the starving. I also want to express my hope that there will be a Victor Herbert Orchestra web page in the offing soon as well as more Herbert recordings. Whaddaya say?
James Sheridan <VictorHerb123@yahoo.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 10:54:16 (EDT)
Keith, NEED YOUR HELP! How and where can we get details about the battle film-clip from GLASSBLOWERS? Thanks. Jerry
Jerry Fisher <sousaop@idt.net>
Lyric Theatre International
New York, NY USA - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 12:58:36 (EDT)
We saw you just last night in Newport News. Man can you make the evening. This was my third time seeing you perform. I'm an avid Sousa fan and grew up playing his music in the school band. I've had a couple of funny looks at my license plate when I've attended your concerts, it reads JPSOUSA. More seriously, Keith, you have done such an excellent job with your band and as guest conductor. Please don't stop. Train someone else before you decide to retire. The concerts are superb and as always the marches (as Sousa once said)"Makes a man with a wooden leg step out".
Dennis Cotner <dzcot@bellatlantic.net>
Williamsburg, VA USA - Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 21:22:06 (EDT)
Dear Keith, I remember the many years we worked together at JCHS, and in Jersey, and of course at Yale. It is so good to find your website, and to know that things are going so well for you. I happened to hear you on PBS several weeks ago. What wonderful music you are still making. The music world has been blessed so very much by your talents to inspire all under your baton, and in your tutelage. Please e-mail me and let me know how you and your family are doing. Great sights and sounds. Thanks for your tireless efforts in keeping alive the great band literature of Sousa, and other great composers of fine band music. Hope to see you on tour one day here in Louisiana. Best regards, Bill Koren
Bill Koren <wkoren@aol.com>
Band Director, East Baton Rouge School System,& freelance French Hornist.
Baton Rouge, La USA - Sunday, June 13, 1999 at 23:50:11 (EDT)
I'm a third year trombone player, and I love the music of John Phillip Sousa. I think Keith Brion has a great thing going on, and he should keep it going. I've been in various honor bands, stuff. Everytime I go to one I hope we play a sousa march.
Steven Marquardt <smarq@coolmail.net>
None
Monmouth , OR USA - Wednesday, June 09, 1999 at 23:36:00 (EDT)
This is a cute little page!! Keep up the great work! I am in my 6th year of band and have learned to play the clarinet, flute, piccolo, all the saxes, euphonium, trumpet, and am learning trombone. I'm planning to go to college to major in music ed. For you information, I'm looking for a new or used baritone/euphonium for when I go to college next year. I'm kinda tight on money, but I'm sure I can work out something. Thanks.
LeeAnn <LLehotsky@excite.com>
North Myrtle Beach High School
NMB, SC USA - Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 11:57:21 (EDT)
I'm doing an english report for high school on John Phillip Sousa and I just came in hear to check it out. I play the clarinet (and all forms of clarinet, bass clarinet;contra-alto; etc.) and the tuba (and sousaphone in Marching band), Anyways, keep up the good work!
Bethany Hare <Sousiegirl@yahoo.com>
High School
NY USA - Thursday, May 13, 1999 at 08:09:17 (EDT)
Wondering when you will be coming to the Northwest. As an old (but still active) concert band trombonist, I'd love to hear you.
Jim Langan <PSTbonist@aol.com>
Retired U. S. Navy Band trombonist
Bremerton, WA USA - Sunday, May 09, 1999 at 18:19:37 (EDT)
I am doing a Term Paper on John Philip Sousa and I have found that he is a facinating man. He was a great man and he was good to his country. Thank you
Justin Gray <Jusgray@Yahoo.com>
Munday, TX USA - Friday, April 23, 1999 at 12:01:26 (EDT)
Saw you at Illinois State University in 1995..... Great show, really enjoyed it. Looking forward to your return engagement later this month. Long live SOUSA!
Chris Adelman <cadelman33@aol.com>
Bloomington, IL USA - Monday, April 12, 1999 at 23:01:18 (EDT)
It is most gratifying to see the rebirth of one of the old "business bands". When will we see you here in Europe?
James Polivka <jpolivka@compuserve.com>
Munich Municipal Park Band
Munich, Germany - Friday, April 02, 1999 at 05:38:27 (EST)
I've always been a fan of John Phillip Sousa. My favorite march is "Semper Fidelis." The first time I heard about your band was on a CD of original Sousa marches. What I've heard of your band has been great!
Alexis Read <read@sendit.sendit.nodak.edu>
Williston, ND USA - Saturday, March 27, 1999 at 19:02:28 (EST)
I've been a Sousa Fan for 34 years and am also a life member of the Detroit Concert Band Society. I'm delighted with your organization and the recordings I've heard, I only regret never having heard you in person! Please come to Thousand Oaks soon...we have a terrific concert hall. God Bless you more!!
thomas e ewing <sousafan1@yahoo.com>
174 w sidlee st 91360
thousand oaks, ca USA - Friday, February 26, 1999 at 13:33:13 (EST)
What a joy I had at your concert at Tri-Valley HS, Hegins, Pa. Please schedule a concert near Northumberland, PA! I'd suggest contacting Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa. Be looking for something soon.
Ed Cope <edcope@sunlink.net>
Sunbury, PA USA - Thursday, February 11, 1999 at 22:09:01 (EST)
I have a question for the band...who are the saxophonists? What are their names? I am just curious because there is no list of the names of the performers. Thanks.
Aaron McCreary <AMMcCreary@aol.com>
UGA School of Music
Athens, GGA USA - Wednesday, February 03, 1999 at 09:52:08 (EST)
The first time I saw/heard of your organization was through the broadcast of you and your band on PBS all those years ago. Have seen two of your live concerts and have your first CD. Excellent work!
Graham A. Treadway <graham95@aol.com>
Orange Symphonic Band, Orange, California
Chino Hills, CA USA - Sunday, January 31, 1999 at 00:02:30 (EST)
I haven't caught you yet, but am looking forward to the opportunity. It will be great to see Dr. Louder and others in action with your group again! Best wishes!
Russ Presson <pressonr@hotmail.com>
Roanoke Valley Christian School
Roanoke, Va USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 20:51:10 (EST)
I have always liked Souza's music-my favorite is the Washington Post march. Calif. State Univ.-Sacramento put on a series of Band Concerts in the Park this summer. Unfortunately, most of these concerts only feature one of Souza's pieces (the most famous). I have nothing against the Stars and Stripes Forever, but he did write other pieces. Please let me know if you come to California.
David Karoly <david.karoly@ci.west-sacramento.ca.us>
West Sacramento, CA USA - Monday, December 21, 1998 at 18:47:44 (EST)
You must bring the Band to Harrisburg, PA. Very Soon!!
Bill Ennis <wdwnds@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 13:53:04 (EST)
We attended your concert in Grand Island, NE on Nov. 23, 1998. It was a thrill for me to observe the New Sousa Band because my great grandmother's brother, Brazille Halsey, performed with John Philip Sousa. I have a picture of him in a white uniform with other cornet band members. Your performance was fantastic. My ancestor was born in 1874 and went on to be a conductor with the Innes European Band and the Herbert Clark Band. Do you have any information on these bands? Do you have any pictures of the John Philip Sousa band in white uniforms? Gail Ferris
Gail Gregg Ferris <sgferris@cconline.net>
USA - Sunday, December 06, 1998 at 15:46:32 (EST)
The Henchmen are a seven piece band from Frankston, Victoria. Their lineup consists of Steve-vocals, Matt-guitar, Bos-guitar, Ag-bass, Lincoln-saxophone,Gid-drums and Andrew-keyboard. Their style of music is most easily described as jazz, funk, metal fusion. Check out samples of their music at http://www.fortunecity.com./tattooine/thx1138/223/unofficial.html or email resident@onthe.net.au They are keen to play support for anyone that can help give their music the exposure it deserves.
Andrew Schmidt <resident@onthe.net.au>
The Henchmen
Langwarrin, Vic Australia - Friday, December 04, 1998 at 19:27:22 (EST)
Please tell John Beck that an old friend (clarinetist) from the U.S. Marine Band says hi.
John Wojcik <jwojcik@v2pop.hst.nasa.gov>
USA - Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 14:49:46 (EST)
Last night I went to the concert in North Platte, NE. I live in a town of about 300 people, so this was a great enjoyment. If anyone from the band reads this, ask Earle Louder if he remembers signing a young baritone player's CD and pamphlet. I hope I can get more information off of the net about the band. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening. Your's truly, Paul Ogier
Paul Ogier <ogier@nebnet.net>
Wallace, NE USA - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 20:22:13 (EST)
I just got back from your concert in Rapid City SD. It was fantastic!!! I was most impressed with how the music "flowed"... not a ripple in the bunch! Besides the marches, which are always my favorite, the performance of "Danny Boy", was probably the best I have ever heard it. I wish you could have played for another hour. Thank you for coming to Rapid City.....and come back again.
Marjorie Sutton <marjg@juno.com>
rapid city, sd USA - Saturday, November 21, 1998 at 01:31:23 (EST)
Attended your concert this evening in Rapid City. How tremendous!! Hope we can see you again.
Ralph Pettersen <Rdpetters@aol.com>
Rapid City, SD USA - Saturday, November 21, 1998 at 00:56:49 (EST)
Was fortunate enough to be able to attend your November 16, 1998 concert at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington Iowa. As a fellow musician, I think that it is marvelous that you are keeping the Sousa tradition alive. Especially enjoyed hearing Miss Sally Humphreys and her performance of Damm's "Through the Air"! A flawless performance by all and hope that you return very, very soon. My congratulations on a job well done!
Sean Rose, Piccolo <strose@adams.net>
McNamara's Band, Keokuk IA
Hamilton, IL USA - Tuesday, November 17, 1998 at 02:18:48 (EST)
Congratulations on helping to keep the proud history/tradition of American concert band music out of the waste basket. Looking forward to having the NSB back in the NY/NJ area.
John J. Palatucci, euphonium soloist <jpalat9914>
The Goldman Memorial Band
Verona, NJ USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 17:35:45 (EST)
Come see Florida soon. What kind of instruments does your band play?
David C. Bass <dcbklb1@earthlink.net>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 13:33:01 (EST)
Dear Mr. Brion, My family and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend your August 5, 1988 concert in St. Louis, and then to see your performance again at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, IA in the early 1990s. Now we are very much looking forward to The New Sousa Band playing right here in Burlington November 16! (This is a fantastic concert, folks! If ever you are fortunate enough to have Mr. Brion and the band near your town, or even if you have to drive for hours to see and hear them, get there !!!) Mr. Brion: Thank you for keeping the spirit of John Phillip Sousa alive!
Tom Fitzgibbon <tomfitzg@interl.net>
Burlington, IA USA - Wednesday, November 04, 1998 at 22:08:04 (EST)
I heard that there're words for singing "Stars and Stripes Forever".Anybody knows it?If you know,please tell me about it!!
Ryusei <ryusei@08.alphatec.or.jp>
Fukuoka, Japan - Thursday, October 15, 1998 at 00:11:11 (EDT)
Hi I love Sousa May he Rest in Peace. I hope his music will go on forever and ever. And if it doesn't then the world is over.
Colin <Bilbo25gla@aol.com>
Big Band Yeah man!
NJ USA - Monday, October 12, 1998 at 19:03:44 (EDT)
being a former tuba player from p.a.h.s. 62 thru 66 this is one concert i wish i could attend. two weeks ago i watched the life story of mr. sousa and brought back some wonderful memories.
daniel g. soellner <danctpd@allnet.com>
montgomery, pa USA - Thursday, October 08, 1998 at 09:52:54 (EDT)
I am in the Wind Ensemble here and I am VERY VERY excited to have the opportunity to be directed by Keith Brion and actually be in a "Sousa Band" for a few minutes anyway. I first heard about the New Sousa Band in an article in the TUBA journal and have been fascinated by it ever since. Imagine how excited I was when I found out that Keith Brion was coming down here. I can't wait.
Steven Stevenson <stevenson80@netdot.com>
Student, Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX USA - Wednesday, October 07, 1998 at 22:29:34 (EDT)
I was honored and privileged to play Sousa marches, almost daily, at Parris Island and in Vietnam.with two great USMC bands. Visit my website, to learn more about us.
Ruben Botello <sananda@hotmail.com>
USMC Musicians (Past and Present)
Eureka, CA USA - Thursday, September 10, 1998 at 05:25:25 (EDT)
What a great web sit. It is such a pleasure to listen to Sousa's music and recall the days of high school band when we played Sousa's marches in parades and at football games. My mother has a program booklet with Sousa's autograph--I think she played in a band day where Sousa was a guest conductor back in the 1920's. Band music, particularly marches are my favorite, and about the only time you hear them is when you go to a military band concert. Am glad to know there is a New Sousa Band. Keep up the good work. alice
Alice Edelman <aliceil@midwest.net>
Anna, IL USA - Thursday, August 27, 1998 at 22:45:42 (EDT)
Wonderful and very informative web page. I welcome Mr. Keith Brion to the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association as the new band director at San Jose State University. We look forward to having Mr. Brion participate in band activities, adjudication, concerts, and sessions at our Winter Conference in the very near future.
Norm Dea <ndea@ncal.verio.com>
California Music Educators Association Bay Section
Walnut Creek, CA USA - Monday, August 24, 1998 at 21:01:51 (EDT)
I like ur page it's really neat. I'm just a freshman in High School this year. This is going to be my first year in the marching band and we constantly play Sousa marches they are my fave. We played the Orange Bowl and American's We at our concert last year. Will be back to visit again. Buh-bye
Alicia Waters <magikfrog@hotmail.com>
Daleville, AL USA - Wednesday, August 12, 1998 at 21:58:51 (EDT)
My uncle played in the original Sousa band way back when! he passed away ib 1945 do you have a list of the original band members. I can fill you in when I hear from you Thanks george
G F Niebling Sr <niebling1@aol.com>
Relative of orig bandmember with JPS
Arlington, TX USA - Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 16:46:37 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Brion, Great Site! Several of my collegues in the SF Symphony suggested that I try to contact you. I am now performing a pops style show where I take on the persona of Johann Strauss. It would be great to get some feedback from you on my ideas. Check out my web site if you get a chance. I look forward to hearing your band some day. Christopher Kranyak
Christopher Kranyak <Strausswaltz@hotmail.com>
The Spirit Of Strauss
San Francisco, CA USA - Monday, July 20, 1998 at 02:39:41 (EDT)
In over 40 years of going to concerts of all kinds, your concert at the Fraze in Kettering on Friday July 10, 1998 was the most enjoyable one ever. Thanks for excellent music selection and guests. Hope you will be back again soon. Please send me your schedule.
Edward Gliatti <Egliatti@juno.com>
Dayton, Oh USA - Monday, July 13, 1998 at 21:00:18 (EDT)
Mr. Brion, I play clarinet in the ASB, and am a Sousa fan. Thanks for keeping this piece of the American music heritage alive. Enjoyed playing "I've Made My Plans For The Summer" with soprano vocal solo at our recent Sousa Concert. Do you have plans to perform in Texas in the foreseeable future?
Hank Frankenberg <hcfrankenberg@mmm.com>
Austin Symphonic Band
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, June 25, 1998 at 07:58:43 (EDT)
My brother , and his wife are both ex Army band members. They are now in France for her work, but are also playing in a town band there. They both play several instruments, and are planning to bring home new rotery valve baratone horns. Do you ever have auditions for new members?
Rev.John E. Miller <jmsemaf@gte.net>
Mission Advance Foundation
Venice, FL USA - Wednesday, June 10, 1998 at 00:15:36 (EDT)
Great page! I especially enjoyed the sound bites. I had the good fortune of attending a clinic session at the Army Wide Bandmasters conference in Virgina given by Keith a few years ago and was enthralled with the entire clinic and the evening performance as well. Keep up the excellent work.
Bill Sittard <wsittard@chicopee.mec.edu or Bsittard@aol.com>
94th Army Band; Bellamy Middle School Band: & Greater Chicopee Area Community Concert Band
Chicopee,, MA USA - Monday, June 01, 1998 at 12:40:59 (EDT)
I am an advid lover of all John Philip Sousa marches and have small collection of them including "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Semper Fidelis."
James Thomas <jrthom1@mailexcite.com>
Lancaster, Sc USA - Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 21:51:14 (EDT)
Great web site. I would be very interested in hearing the band perform. I will definitely be putting this on my bookmarks to come back later. Would love to know how to get into the band, as well.
Sgt David Warner <davidwarner@earthlink.net>
USMC Drum and Bugle Corps
Waldorf, MD USA - Sunday, May 24, 1998 at 01:59:34 (EDT)
Hooray for John Ph. Sousa. I have played the drums for 26 years including a stint in an army band. I even have a copy of the Sousa book, "The Trumpet and Drum". Regards to all who visit this site and love the music of Sousa. Thoughts: Most misunderstood drum part of Sousa: "The Thunderer. Most difficult part to play right: the last part of "Washington Post". and all the 7 stroke rolls at FAST march tempo ( no fare buzzing or closing the rolls!) Thanks to the New Sousa Band for keeping a real piece of Americana alive. Trivia Question> What is the only Sousa March not written by Sousa?
Jonathan Regas <jondc9@aol.com>

Mclean, VA USA - Sunday, May 17, 1998 at 23:04:10 (EDT)
i am a hs student and im doing a report on john phillip sousa, so if anyone has any information or cool links where i can get some information, please email it to me....at smile4u59@hotmail.com Incase it makes any difference as to whether you want to waste your time on me or not, it IS for band.... And im gonna take a few minutes now to say that this is a great page. and i am defintaly going to tell my teacher about it...sure he would be interested in reading about your band...thanks!
Abby <smile4u59@hotmail.com>
long island, ny USA - Monday, May 11, 1998 at 16:59:07 (EDT)
Would love to hear the band play!
George Streitenberger <gstreets@aol.com>
Snellville, GA USA - Friday, April 10, 1998 at 23:56:27 (EDT)
Wonderful page! *smile* (Not that I am biased or anything!) Keep the page up and running, Keith. I plan on telling everyone I know to go and check it out! Leslie Louder (Earle's daughter)
Leslie Louder <mperry@mis.net>
Morehead, KY USA - Wednesday, April 08, 1998 at 23:23:21 (EDT)
Would love to have you do a concert in Wharton on a future tour! When will you be in Southeast Texas? Jeff Blair
Jeff <jblair@intertex.net>
Colorado River Band & Strings
Wharton, TX USA - Wednesday, April 08, 1998 at 21:19:34 (EDT)
I am a great fan of John Philip Sousa but I am looking for a little help on an item I have in my possession. I have a 1940 US 2 cent red colored stamp of Sousa in very good condition and I am wondering if it is rare or valuable. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Ed <jazzbone@gte.net>
Orange, Ca USA - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 16:04:25 (EST)
Hey Keith, did you see that they used the "Stars & Stripes" cut from the New Sousa Band CD on the HBO film "The Pentagon Wars"?
Chris Rude <cwrude@compuserve.com>
Northbrook, IL USA - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 01:51:30 (EST)
Hey Keith, did you see that they used the "Stars & Stripes" cut from the New Sousa Band CD on the HBO film "The Pentagon Wars"?
Chris Rude <cwrude@compuserve.com>
Northbrook, IL USA - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 01:50:58 (EST)
I am doing a research paper on John Phillip Sousa and I just want to thank you for creating an interesting web page for me to enjoy. I am on my way to Washington, D.C. and I will be visiting varies areas around D.C. Thanks for being a big part of my research paper.
Victoria "Weezy" Castro <weezy@hotmail.com>
Hartnell College Band
Salinas, CA USA - Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 23:01:26 (EST)
I hope to attend a concert sometime. Can you or anyone else allow me the opportunity to download some of Sousa's more popular marches so I can play them on my baritone, treble clef, with my son? Hope to hear from someone soon. Thanks. Scott Scott
Scott Winneker <hambone@inreach.com>
I'm pretty well organized
Sacramento, ca USA - Monday, March 09, 1998 at 02:49:35 (EST)
Keith - Great Website!! We'll be in touch. Jerry Fisher, Lyric Theatre International
Jerry Fisher <sousaop@idt.net>
Lyric Theatre International
New York, NY USA - Sunday, March 08, 1998 at 13:34:13 (EST)
Just found you on the web like to know when you are down my way in south Florida
Frank Stuart <voagerent@webtv.net>
Voyager Entertainment Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, CA USA - Monday, February 16, 1998 at 10:04:07 (EST)
Great to see Sousa's heritage being kept alive. As a horn player, I would like to know why Mr. Sousa wrote nothing but those dreadful afterbeats for horns. Anyone in Austin on March 20th is invited to hear our own version of a Sousa concert at Palmer Auditorium. Feel free to contact me for more details, or see the URL listed here! Best wishes .. and let us know when you get to Texas in a couple of years.
Ron Boerger <rboerger@io.com>
Austin Symphonic Band
Austin, TX USA - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 10:12:25 (EST)
Mr. Brion & Sousa Band: I haven't caugt a concert yet, but hope to soon! GOOD LUCK! Nice to continue quality bands in the USA. Frank May
Frank May <Yamup5@webtv.net>
94th Army Band (USAR) & Woodstock Academy Music
Jewett City, CT USA - Saturday, January 31, 1998 at 17:45:59 (EST)
Mr.Brion, I really like your web site, the pictures and the sound files are great. My grandfather saw the origional Sousa band in the 1890's in southern Indiana. He was very moved and loved to tell his grand children about it. This past year we had a friend of our family die in Franklin, Indiana. He played trumpet in the Sousa band of the 1920's, Merrell Henry died at the age of one hundred. Keep up the good work we love the recordings your band has recorded. Please have your tour come to Indianapolis sometime.
Robert LaGrange <blagrange@sema.state.in.us>
Greenwood, IN USA - Friday, January 23, 1998 at 22:20:38 (EST)
Please return to BJU soon.
Rob Schoolfield <rschoolf@bju.edu>
Bob Jones University
Greenville, sc USA - Monday, January 19, 1998 at 22:32:13 (EST)
Enjoyed your Clearwater concert.
Barry Marshall <pattie7@ix.netcom.com>
St. Petersburg, Fl USA - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 20:59:01 (EST)
Dear Keith & Fellow Musicians, What a swell concert in Melbourne, FL January 7th! We have been looking forward to this for many weeks and were not disappointed. We are life-long band fans. Son, Chris, is just starting out on trombone and especially enjoyed that section of the band. Our cousin studies under Fred Mills at UGA so it was a pleasure to see him again as well. We look forward to your next tour already! And congrats on a great-looking (and sounding!) web site. Peter & Christopher Aubin Orlando, FL
Peter & Christopher Aubin <pgaubin@worldnet.att.net>
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, January 08, 1998 at 18:05:56 (EST)
Dear Mr. Brion, I am so looking forward to your January 5th concert in Avon Park, Florida! Thank you for allowing me to bring my students to the 10am rehearsal. I know the kids are going to be knocked out! Happy Holidays, Steve Harris
Steve Harris <n/a>
Lake Wales High School
Lake Wales, FL USA - Friday, December 26, 1997 at 10:00:41 (EST)
Hi Keith! Terrific site, I especially enjoyed the sound clips and the photos. Brought back such wonderful memories of the '95 Midwest tour. Hope to do it again sometime. Best of luck, you bring happiness and fun to many people!!
Deborah Wright-Griffin <dwright@wpi.edu>
WPI
Worcester, MA USA - Thursday, December 18, 1997 at 11:21:58 (EST)
Dear Mr Brion, I really enjoyed you nice and informative site. One question: Can you or anyone else reading this give me some advise how to get the music to Sousa´s solo-piece "Nymphalin". We would like to make a performance of it but we know the piece has been out of print for a long time. Yours sincerely, Bo Sandberg
Bo Sandberg <bo.sandberg2wineasy.se>
Home Gurds Band, Uppsala
Uppsala, Sweden - Saturday, December 06, 1997 at 18:18:27 (EST)
Hey, Keith! Just discovered your wonderful site via the community-music link. Thank you for inspiring me to do a "Salute to Sousa" concert. Our community band will be doing our tenth annual next May. Please consider coming to Northern California in the near future. Best wishes!
Lew Sbrana <LESbrana@worldnet.att.net>
Healdsburg Community Band
Healdsburg, CA USA - Friday, November 21, 1997 at 20:20:18 (EST)
It is good to see more and more sites like this going up. Thanks!
Ed Powell <ecp@mcc.cc.tx.us>
McLennan Community College
Waco, TX USA - Thursday, November 20, 1997 at 08:20:18 (EST)
Hi Keith! Nice site. Hope to talk to you soon about the Conductors Guild meeting in DC.
Frank Byrne <ByrneF@mqg-smtp3.usmc.mil>
U.S. Marine Band
Washington, DC USA - Tuesday, November 18, 1997 at 20:45:26 (EST)
I love your page! I want to say hi to my cousin Brian! You guys should come to Bakersfield and perform!
Lesley Kilp <lkilp@bc.cc.ca.us>
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA USA - Tuesday, November 11, 1997 at 11:42:57 (EST)
Because of my father's love of great music, I grew up listenig to the Old John Philip Sousa Band.After watching the Wolf Trap video, and the New Sousa Band, I feel young again. Thank You, Keith. Sincerely, Chet Kurowski
Chet Kurowski <kurowskiam@worldnet.att.net>
Milford, nj USA - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 14:22:14 (EST)
great home page..
luke spiros <lspiros@erols.com>
Grande mIL Band of Va
wash, dc USA - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 07:54:01 (EST)
Nice home page. Who did this for you? Call me if you need a flag carrier.
James Sinclair <james.sinclair@snet.net>
New Haven, CT USA - Sunday, October 26, 1997 at 14:20:50 (EST)
Rod Eldon, mother, and I are searching Web pages to see what looks good for our upcoming one. Our compliments to you, not only for your page, but also for the plaudits we read concernings your performances. Hope to see you soon. Are you going to attend the ABA Convention in MS? Why not let Rod know at Rme1568@aol?
Bob Hoe <HoeBuild@aol>
Robert Hoe Foundation
Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, October 19, 1997 at 12:12:05 (EDT)
Dear Keith and band, Went to your concert last night in Omaha NE (Oct 16). Firtst time I had heard your group. FANTASTIC!. I play baritone horn in the Lincoln Community Concert Band, an 80 piece band directed by Dr. Larry Mallet so I especially enjoyed Mr.Louder's work. Thanks for the great music, I bought two Cd's and am listening to one as I type.
Stephen F.Smith <steve@hughesbros.com>
Hughes Brothers, Inc.
Seward, NE USA - Friday, October 17, 1997 at 09:26:41 (EDT)
Was able to hear and enjoy your concert in Tokepa, KS on 10/13/97. Having previously played in a marching band in Minneapolis, MN, and perform many of Sousa's marches, including Stars and Stripes Forever, brought back many found memories. Also, thank you for the tribute to the military services; I didn't think anyone knew the US Coast Guard's "Semper Paratus". Hats off to the many fine musicians in your organization.
Chuck Rasmussen <carasmus@softart.com>
Carmel, IN USA - Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at 10:12:50 (EDT)
Keith and band members! Saw you last night in Topeka Kansas! WHAT a show!!! I have loved Sousa all my life, and at 41 it was such a treat to bring my 13yr old with me to see the best music ever written performed by super musicians who obviously love it as much as I do.. My favorite part of the show was when the band members came out into the audience and played.. Oh MY!! WHAT a sound!! PLEASE come back soon! And thank you for keeping the music and spirit of Sousa alive and kicking!!
Joanne Brandt <Joanneb44@hotmail.com>
Topeka, Ks USA - Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at 17:55:30 (EDT)
Heard your concert and bought your CD in Topeka, Kansas last night and enjey them both. Hope you make it back to our fair city in the near future. Congratulations and "Thanks" for keeping band music alive from an "old bandsman".
Charles Jeffress <ChasJeff@prodigy.com>
Topeka, KS USA - Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at 16:17:10 (EDT)
Keith, the websight looks great! Doing the New Sousa Band gigs was some of the best fun I've had making music. I'll never forget the cab ride from Newark to the RCA studios in NY for the recording of the All American Sousa album. We have to get you back in Chicago soon.
Chris Rude <102203.2450@compuserve.com>
Northbrook, IL USA - Sunday, October 12, 1997 at 13:55:08 (EDT)
Keith. Great site. We are always on the lookout for more old scores. Do you have everything? Where did you get it? Inquiring minds wanna know !!!
Douglas Gray <xodi@aol.com>
Ballard Sedintary Sousa Band (1st 2B Euphonium)
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, September 24, 1997 at 23:17:17 (EDT)
Keith, my wife and I saw your band several years ago in Chicago area, once at Ravinia and another time at a venue I forget. I'm thrilled to see that you're still at it and will go to St. Louis Oct. 18 if possible to catch you again. Keep up the good work:) Woody
Woody Woodward <woody@interaccess.com>
La Grange, IL USA - Tuesday, September 23, 1997 at 00:54:01 (EDT)
Hi Keith.....when do I get to play snare drum in the New Sousa Band? I've been perfecting that wacky 6-stroke roll!!!! Great website, by the way. Take care! Martha Leeson (Dan's kid)
Martha Leeson <garcialater@thegrid.net (h), leeson@etak.com (w)>
San Jose Wind Symphony
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, September 09, 1997 at 14:20:09 (EDT)
Nice PAGE. I MISS PLAYING WITH THE BAND, and look forward to some gigs in the future. Thanks!
Marty Erickson <mde6@psu.edu>
Penn State University
State College, PA USA - Wednesday, September 03, 1997 at 21:28:28 (EDT)
Keith, Our band has enjoyed performing your arrangements of Invincible Eagle and Fugue On Yankee Doodle this summer. Both have been very well received. Just today we performed them at the Iowa State Fair to an enthusiastic audience. Keep up the good work. We would love to hear your Sousa Band sometime in Des Moines. Sincerely, Jim Goodwin
James Goodwin <JGood109@msn.com>
34th Army Band, IA National Guard
Altoona, IA USA - Monday, August 11, 1997 at 20:59:58 (EDT)
Sousa's memory is kept alive with the help of your organization. Keep up the great work!!
J. Burdo <jburdo@cyberspace.org>
Gaylord, MI USA - Saturday, July 26, 1997 at 16:05:51 (EDT)
Nice Site! Was doing research on music from Span-Am War for re-enactment band and thought of Sousa. I wish I had tried this search before the last HSO concert. Needed some help interpreting a drum part. Keep up the good work.
Terry Cornett <RopeDrum@aol.com>
Huntsville (AL) Symphony Orchestra
Huntsville, AL USA - Monday, July 21, 1997 at 02:11:59 (EDT)
i was wondering if anyone knows if i can hear a recording of stars and stripes forever on my computer.
Laura <littlebabz@aol.com>
colden, ny USA - Sunday, July 06, 1997 at 22:09:58 (EDT)
I have the priviledge of conducting the Houston Symphony Orchestra this July 4th. I will be conducting Sousa's "Daughters of Texas" march. The Symphony told me that they were inspired to include this work on the program after hearing your Band's recent concert in Houston. Do you know where I can obtain a recording of this march, and/or a copy of the score? I'd like to study the music before I make my "conducting debut." Thanks.
Ronald Joe <104472.1707@compuserve.com>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, June 03, 1997 at 11:14:28 (EDT)
KB--Wonder if you even read this. I finally found out you were still doing the Sousa thing when I saw a photo of you on my daughter's band director's office wall (Tobias...was at Hanover in the 60's) She is 15 and plays trombone, especially loves Jazz. Oldest plays violin. Oh well, we can't get them all to play winds. See what you started? Great memories of JCHS. You gave us wonderful opportunities and I only now appreciate them. Sorry, guestbook, for the personal message, but what the hey.
Susan Lang Martin <mahler43@AOL.com>
The Martin Family
Randolph, NJ USA - Monday, May 19, 1997 at 21:10:31 (EDT)
Keith, We enjoyed the concert at the Wharton Center on the campus of Michigan State University on April 28th, 1997. You are doing world a great service in presenting Sousa's style and music to a wide audience. Thank you.
Robert B. Copeland <rbcopeland@theonramp.net>
Meridian Community Band
Haslett, MI USA - Thursday, May 15, 1997 at 22:43:24 (EDT)
I heard great things about them but never seen the band. Hopefully, a(nother) swing through Arizona is in their future, with a stop in Phoenix.
Scott Schoneman <schono@aol.com>
Ahwatukee Foothills Community Band
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 19:44:28 (EDT)
Thanks to my good friends Ray Lichtenwalter, conductor of the Texas Wind Symphony; J. Fred Miller, gen. mgr.; and Henry Schraub, board member; I was priviledged to hear Sousa Concerts with guest conductor, Keith Brion. Great concerts! Great conductor! Great web site! Thanks to all for their exemplary performance.
Hugh T. Mitchell, Jr. <hmitchell@arlington.net>
Arlington, TX USA - Sunday, May 11, 1997 at 15:14:28 (EDT)
I think that Keith Brion knows/knew my band directors or his father, I can't remember which. Both of their names are John (Jack) Hontz. Do you?
Meghann Eckenhoff <reckenho@mail.med.upenn.edu>
Wallingford, PA USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 16:22:54 (EDT)
Great sight! Look forward to seeing new additions.
Rich Stichler <RHBandroom@aol.com>
Band Director, Ridgeland High School
Rossville, GA USA - Wednesday, April 16, 1997 at 22:47:18 (EDT)
Thoroghly enjoyed your web material, and wish you well!
Bob Barton <73730.1443@compuserve>
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band
San Rafael, CA USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 18:55:39 (EDT)
Please sign our guestbook and give us some feedback on the site!
Andy Myers <amyers@epix.net>
Webmaster of this site
Harrisburg, PA USA - Sunday, March 30, 1997 at 22:07:01 (EST)
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