The Lowell Mason House is pleased to announce that the John Philip Sousa Lowell Mason Heritage Youth Band will present a concert on Wednesday evening, June 29, 2016 in the Lowell Mason Auditorium at Medfield High School, 88R South Street, Medfield, MA.
The group, sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and the Lowell Mason House, is comprised of outstanding woodwind, brass, and percussion players from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York in grades 7-12. This is the third that this particular festival has been organized. The band will be conducted by Mr. Collin Myers, Co-Conductor of the MIT Concert Band in Cambridge, MA. The concert will feature works of Carter, Holsinger, Lauridsen, Mason, Reed, Sousa, Williams and others. Proceeds from the concert will be used to offset the cost of restoring the birthplace of Lowell Mason, located on Green Street in Medfield, a short distance from the concert site.
This band festival is a celebration of the musical legacies of Lowell Mason and John Philip Sousa. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is known as the father of American public school music education, acting as the first supervisor of music in the Boston Public Schools. Mason also contributed significantly to the development of American sacred music during his life and was a former president of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) did for American school bands what Lowell Mason contributed to American music education, by directing an outstanding professional concert band that travelled extensively around the world, as well as conducting many early youth festival bands that exist today, such as the New England Music Festival. Sousa was an outstanding composer and an advocate of school band music. His marches are known around the world as a symbol of American music.
Tickets for the June 29th concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at: www.ticketstage.com/T/LMASON or in person at two locations in Medfield: Park Street Books and The Center at Medfield.