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Oct. 4 , 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
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EMU's Robbins directs Sousa celebration at Pease Auditorium Oct. 20

YPSILANTI - The rousing sounds of the “Stars and Strips Forever” march will fill Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert, which is open to the public, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 1930 John Philip Sousa band concert at Pease Auditorium.

Leading the band will be Director Jerry Robbins, former dean of EMU’s College of Education.

Robbins, an Ann Arbor resident, will re-create a typical Sousa band concert and add authenticity by dressing as Sousa with white gloves, Navy Lt. Commander uniform and even sport a white moustache to complete the costume.

Sousa and his band appeared in Pease Auditorium in 1922, 1923 and 1930.  The 1930-31 concert tour was the last for Sousa, who died in 1932.

“Working with this wonderful, talented and committed group of musicians is the most fun I’ve ever had,” said Robbins.

In addition to Robbins, there will be EMU faculty, staff and students participating in the concert  that will include a variety of numbers, ranging from waltzes and marches to opera and comedy.

EMU participants include Jon Margerum-Leys, associate professor in teacher education, playing the bass saxophone; Mary Brake, College of Technology Ph.D. director, playing French horn; and Susan Buetler, former visiting lecturer in education and currently a graduate student in art, playing trumpet.

Often called the “marching king,” Sousa is best known for “Stars and Strips Forever,” “El Capitan,” “Washington Post” and “Semper Fidelis.”  For 12 years, he was conductor of the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. and, in 1892, he formed his own band and traveled worldwide.

For more information, contact Robbins at 734.662.5702 or e-mail jerry.robbins@emich.edu.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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