The musical customs of “The March King,” John Philip Sousa, continue in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 12. The National Neighborhood Band, a project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, will certainly provide a free performance at 3:30 p.m. in Artemus Ham Auditorium on the UNLV School.
The 80-member show band consists of adult amateur musicians from around the country and will be led by Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Director Emeritus of the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own” – based in Washington, D.C.
Col. Bourgeois was the 25th director of the Washington, D.C.-based United States Marine Band. His acclaimed career covered nine governmental administrations– from Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bill Clinton. Bourgeois is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans. He joined the Marine Corps in 1956, went into “The President’s Own” as a French horn gamer and arranger in 1958, and was named director of the Marine Band in 1979; he was promoted to colonel in June 1983. Bourgeois retired from active service July 11, 1996.
According to Col. Bourgeois, “The show will certainly have music for everybody, from a von Suppe transcription to a John Philip Sousa suite, ‘People Who Live In Glass Houses.’ Together with excellent continental marches and marches of Sousa, there will be music from Broadway and special visitor singer, songwriter Laura Taylor.”
The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation committed to the promo of worldwide understanding through the medium of band music. Through the administration of band related-projects, the group seeks to promote the requirements and suitables of that icon of the American spirit, John Philip Sousa.