Fear Wind Symphony performs John Philip Sousa
Campbell University’s Cape Fear Wind Symphony will
present a rousing salute to one of America’s best-loved
composers, John Philip Sousa, Thursday, March 29, at 8
p.m. in Scott Concert Hall of the Rogers Fine Arts
Center. Tickets are available by calling the Scott
Concert Hall Box Office at 910.814.4766 or 800.334.4111,
Who doesn’t know by heart the words to the “Stars
and Stripes Forever” or the “Marine Corps Anthem?” Yet
few people know that Sousa also composed Ragtime music
and scores for silent movies.
“This is a night of Sousa music in which you can
expect the unexpected,” said Campbell band director Dr.
Dwayne Wilson. “Audiences are in for some delightful
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1854, Sousa followed in
the footsteps of his father, a musician in the U.S.
Marine Corps, and enlisted at the age of 14. While in
the Marines, Sousa composed his first march,
“Salutation.” He began studying the violin then worked
as a pit orchestra conductor at a local theater and
later led the U.S. Marine Corps Band.
Sousa formed his marching band in 1892, performing
numerous European tours, a world tour and an appearance
in the 1915 Broadway show “Hip-Hip-Hooray.”
This marks the debut of the Cape Fear Wind
Symphony, formed by Wilson in 2006 and composed of
musicians from the music faculties of Campbell
University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and East Carolina University, as well as several
high school band directors. A total of 10 Campbell
students were also selected to perform with the band.
“It’s one of the best-sounding bands that has ever
played Scott Concert Hall,” Wilson said. “I spent three
years laying the foundation and developing the
philosophy for this band. The students not only get the
opportunity to play with their teachers and mentors but
with a band of outstanding caliber.”
Several soloists are featured in the concert,
including the vocals of Campbell alumna, Hunter Basnight
Coleman, and Campbell flute instructor Catherine