Symphonic Winds to present Sousa Concert

January 17, 2013

Peoria, IL (January 17, 2013) The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert in Dingeldine Music Center on the Bradley campus on Sunday, February 24, at 3 p.m. 

Admission is $15.  Tickets are available at the Cultural Events Box Office in the Hartmann Center on campus starting Friday, January 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. or by calling 309-677-2650. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The concert will be presented in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large audiences and which made him a household name throughout the United States.  Lee Wenger, director of the Radio Information Service and on-air host at WCBU FM, will present a pre-concert lecture featuring stories of the Sousa band at 2:15 p.m.  Maria Chandler of WMBD TV will narrate the concert.

Vocalist Emily Volz will perform as Sousa's "Lady in White" and trombonist Michael Archer will be the featured instrumental soloist.  The concert will feature novelty numbers and music of great composers fulfilling Sousa's dual function of entertaining the audience and bringing the best music available to the public.  There will, of course, be marches performed which will stir the patriotic blood, and, according to Sousa, "will make a man with a wooden leg want to get up and march."

Maria Chandler began her career at WMBD 31 News in 2010 after graduating from Illinois State University. She first worked as a general assignment reporter in the Bloomington/Normal bureau. In April of 2012, she was named co-anchor of WMBD 31 News at 6 and 10 p.m., alongside veteran news anchor Bob Larson. The Illinois Broadcasters Association has recognized her work. Born and raised in Pana, Illinois, Maria brings hometown and local insights to the WMBD 31 and WYZZ FOX 43 newscasts. She is an active member of the community, volunteering several days a week at Peoria's South Side Mission. Maria loves meeting and connecting with people, hearing their stories, and taking action for her community each and every day. 

Dr. David Vroman is the director of band activities and the chair of the Department of Music at Bradley.  He conducts the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and Basketball Band.  He also teaches advanced instrumental conducting, brass techniques, marching band techniques, horn and supervises student teachers.  During the summer months Dr. Vroman is the conductor of the Peoria Municipal Band.