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6276-Symphonic Band Concert

6276-February 10, 2012

The Malone University Symphonic Band will perform in concert Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Alan L. Houk, interim band director. The program is free and open to the public.

Selections for the concert will be: "Flourish for Band" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "First Suite in E-flat for Military Band" by Gustav Holst, "The Solitary Dancer" by Warren Benson, "Bravura," a percussion quintet by Phil Faini; "The Victor March" by Karl Lawrence King (Kristen Mahan, student conductor), "The Chrysanthemum" by Scott Joplin, "Zulu" by Jack Ballard, Ph.D., of Malone University; and Selections from Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.

Alan L. Houk has been a band director since 1978. A graduate of Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music, he studied conducting under the late Robert Fleming.  He has directed bands for 25 years at United High School, Hanoverton, Ukarumpa High School in the country of Papua, New Guinea, and Wellsville Jr. High, Wellsville.  He is the interim band director at Malone University.

Alan holds the following academic degrees: masters of music education and bachelor of music education from Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music; and many hours of study in educational administration from The University of Akron.  Alan holds current Ohio licensure in education administration K-12 and an Ohio permanent certificate in music K-12.  Additionally, he has participated in summer enrichment courses at Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, Walsh University Communicate Institute, and West Chester University.  Alan has studied tuba with John Turk, Youngstown State University; Harvey Phillips, Indiana University; Richard Jacoby, Kent State University; and master lessons with Ron Bishop, Cleveland Orchestra and Harold MacDonald, Pittsburgh Symphony.   Current membership in professional organizations include:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; National Association for Music Education, (formerly Music Educators National Conference), and Ohio Music Education Association.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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