George Class, with whom I have worked closely at the Pepper company, was the one who gladly made the offer and helped with all of the arrangements.
|George Class with me at the concert on May 3, 2015|
Once we got the enthusiastic "green light" from our director (who is also a tuba player), the plans for the concert took a distinctly Sousa turn. He scheduled four marches by the great bandmaster (three in the program, and one as an encore), and a dixieland piece that allowed Sousa's creation to be featured in a quintet for part of the piece.
Here's what we said in the program about the strange-looking tuba that had joined the band for that special concert:
And here are a few photos from the rehearsal the week before, during which a couple of reporters from The Philadelphia Inquirer showed up (my director had tipped them off!) to create a front page feature about the horn and the concert:
|Being interviewed by Kristin Holmes and Tom Gralish of The Philadelphia Inquirer.|
|Working on the Original Dixieland Concerto|
The concert on Sunday was recorded, so here are the relevant videos:
At the end of the concert, I met with folks out in the atrium to let them see the original Sousaphone up close and personal. It was a great day!