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Brass and Flute Ensemble Concert March 23

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences will present a Brass and Flute Ensemble concert Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public

John Bridges is a member of the adjunct faculty at Malone University, teaching music education courses and directing the Malone University Brass Ensemble. Bridges retired in June 2004 after eight years as the director of bands at Honolulu’s Punahou School Upper Division (High School), where he was responsible for a program with an enrollment of 250 students in its four concert bands, marching band and jazz band. Before going to Punahou he directed bands and supervised band programs at the secondary level in Tennessee and Texas, working in public schools from small rural to suburban to inner city settings. His bands were consistently rated Superior in state and national contests throughout his 44 years of teaching. He has taught and conducted at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and at Trinity University in San Antonio. For ten years, he was music director and principal conductor of the San Antonio Municipal Band. He holds the bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville and the master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Bridges was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra (horn) and the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers (tenor). He has served several churches as music director. His John Bridges Brass Quintet performed for many years in the San Antonio area. Bridges has served as guest clinician and conductor across the United States and in Japan. He has judged nearly one hundred Texas Interscholastic League band contests plus Invitational Contests and Festivals in Texas, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. He is a past-president of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), and Texas Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has served the National Band Association as a national vice-president, national jazz chairman, and Southwestern division chair. He is the founding past-president of Hawaii’s Alpha Lambda Chapter of the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu, and most recently was president of the Oahu Band Directors Association in Honolulu. He received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence in 1982 and its Mentor Award in 2004. In 2005 he was named to the Sousa Foundation’s Legion of Honor and to the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

Julie Johnson Sarver is an adjunct music faculty member at Malone University, where she teaches applied flute, flute pedagogy and is the director of the Flute Ensemble. She is also the instructor of flute at Kent State University Stark Campus and has taught at Walsh University. This is the twenty-fourth season that Sarver has played flute and piccolo in the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She also holds the position of teaching artist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra Education Department. She has also played with the Pittsburgh Opera, Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, the Cleveland Pops and three seasons with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She was awarded the Top Virtuoso Woodwind Award at the Mid-America Music Association Competition in St. Louis, Missouri, and won third place at the national level of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. She is an active freelance musician, performing with the Canton Player’s Guild and on concerts, recitals and weddings throughout Ohio. She has adjudicated for the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association competition, and in 2003, she was selected to be a judge for the National Flute Association’s Flute Choir Auditions. Sarver holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska and a master of music degree in flute performance from the School of Music at Indiana University where her teachers include James Pellerite, Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association and the National Flute Association.


Flute Ensemble Musicians:

Kelcey Lauer, a senior music education major from Beaver, Pennsylvania
Cindle Coleman, a senior music education major from Canton
Anna McAnallen, a sophomore music education major from New Castle, Pennsylvania


Brass Ensemble Musicians:

Trumpets: Brian Peters, a senior music major from Canton; and Lindsay Brugger, a junior intervention specialist education major from Alliance
Horn: Kristen Mahan, a junior music education major from Warren, Pennsylvania
Trombones: Amber Bullen, a sophomore biology/clinical lab science major from Xenia
Euphonium: Amanda Hetherington, a junior music education major from Canton
Tuba: Emily Coleman, a sophomore music education major from Saint Clairsville
Drum Set: Erik Barnes, a freshman music education major from Andover