New Sousa Band to perform May 10

More than 100 years ago, audiences around the world would flock to see the Sousa Band, led by “the March King” John Philip Sousa.  

Rumors of an appearance in 1917 at the Westby City Park are unsubstantiated, but there are recorded appearances in the local area.  

In an attempt to recreate these historic concerts, the New Sousa Band, conducted by Keith Brion, will be make an appearance in Westby at the school field house at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. Tickets are $10 a piece and will be available at the door. Band students, service and military personnel and all veterans will all be admitted for free with appropriate identification.   

The New Sousa Band, begun in 1979, is a realization of director Keith Brion’s dream to reincarnate the Sousa Band and once again tour America’s towns and cities.

According to a press release prepared by event organizers, the musicians of the New Sousa Band are chosen “for their ability to transmit the original style, spirit and ensemble sound of Sousa’s Band.”

They are selected from major orchestras, military bands and university faculties and in some cases are freelance musicians. The band wears authentic replicas of the original Sousa Band uniforms. Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band are officially and exclusively endorsed by John Philip Sousa, Inc., John Philip Sousa IV, president.

Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band have toured extensively in the East, Midwest and the Southeastern United States. The band made its first overseas tour to Japan in August 1996. In November 1993, the band played its first theatrical engagement with a one-week appearance at the Cristy Lane Theatre in Branson, Mo. It has appeared regularly in every section of the United States.

In 2000, it was presented by the Minnesota Orchestra; and in May 2002, by the Seattle Symphony. It has also appeared at the Music Man Museum in Mason City, Iowa, for the Meredith Willson birthday celebration.

Brion and his band appeared in a 1986 PBS-TV special, “The New Sousa Band On Stage at Wolftrap,” now available as a video and as a laserdisc by Proscenium Entertainment. Excerpts from this show appear from time to time on the Classic Arts Channel.

Brion also has been seen in the PBS-TV special on the American Experience “If You Knew Sousa” and is being seen on BBC TV in London in a new show called “Sousa in New York”.

This concert is being sponsored by the Davig Financial Corporation of Holmen, composer Larry Daehn, the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area and the Westby Music Parents. 

Comments are closed.

  • Three suspected in Kendall BB-gun shooting

    6 hours ago
    by

    Three people have been identified as suspects in a Saturday-night BB-gun shooting in Kendall, according to Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins.


    Colors of Kendall moved indoors

    October 12th, 2017
    by

    Inclement-weather forecasts have caused the organizers of Colors of Kendall, a festival slated for Saturday, to move the event to the former Kendall Elementary School building on Spring Street.
    The festival had


    Gundersen St. Joseph’s to present ‘An Evening with Dr. Trombetta’

    October 12th, 2017
    by

    Gundersen St. Joseph’s soon will welcome a new visiting specialist to its Hillsboro facility.


    Vernon County to offer immunization clinic

    October 12th, 2017
    by

    The Vernon County Health Department will conduct an immunization clinic from 9–11:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the health department, 318 Fairlane Drive (County Hwy. BB), Viroqua.


    Kendall man in single-vehicle accident

    October 5th, 2017
    by

    A Kendall man was involved in a single-vehicle accident east of Hillsboro on Tuesday, according to Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears.


  • Royall School District Notes: Homecoming underway

    October 5th, 2017
    by

    Wow — The Royall School District is off to a fast start. We are already into the week of homecoming.


    Cashton man faces 8th-offense OWI

    October 3rd, 2017
    by

    A Cashton man was arrested for eighth-offense OWI on Oct. 1 in the town of Jefferson, according to Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins.


    Monroe County WIC to issue benefits

    September 27th, 2017
    by

    The Monroe County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will issue benefits and offer nutrition-education days in October.


    N-O-W homecoming parade slated for Friday

    September 27th, 2017
    by

    The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District’s homecoming parade will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Norwalk.


    Hispanic Heritage Month event set for Oct. 3 

    September 26th, 2017
    by

    Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Tomah High School cafeteria. 


    Shilling representative to host listening sessions in Hillsboro, West Salem

    September 24th, 2017
    by

    State Sen. Jennifer Shilling’s district representative, Taylor Goodine, will offer listening sessions next week.


  • [Advertisement.]
  • Local Weather

  • Latest

    Homecoming at Royall

    The Royall School District hosted its annual homecoming celebration last week.

    Long-distance runners race in Rails to Trails

    Norwalk hosted its annual Rails-to-Trails Marathon on Sunday, offering a marathon, half-marathon and 5K on the Elroy-Sparta State Trail between Norwalk and Sparta.

    Royall maintains lead, eyes finale with Hillsboro

    The Royall volleyball team won its three league matches last week, maintaining its hold on first place in the Scenic Bluffs in the final week of action.

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives