The Gallery Artical

There’s nothing better than a good march to get that patriotic spirit pumping. From the late 1800s to the 1930s, John Phillip Sousa was the best at composing these marches, making renowned works such as “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” He may have passed away long ago, but Sousa’s music lives on, and now Bradley wants to bring Sousa back in style.

Conducted by Dr. David Vroman, the Bradley University Symphonic Winds will put on a concert featuring music from the original Sousa band 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Dingledine Music Center.  WMDB television’s Maria Chandler will narrate this rare spectacle.

The concert will have the same style that Sousa used back in his prime to entertain millions of people around the country. In addition to novelty musical numbers, the concert will have grand marches that will, in Sousa’s own words, “make a man with a wooden leg want to get up and march.”

Prior to the big show, Director of Radio Information Services Lee Wenger will host a pre-concert lecture about the original Sousa band at 2:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hartmann Center Box Office starting Feb. 22 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. or by calling 309-677-2650. Tickets are $15 each, but only 440 are on sale, so make sure you buy now before you miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.