Wind Ensemble to perform at special concert

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The MHS Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Doug Brown and Michael Ver Voort, will present a matinee performance showcasing a program in the style of John Phillip Sousa on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

This exciting program will include rousing marches, overtures, instrumental and vocal features as well as surprises. The concert will feature cornetist Carl Rove of the United States Marine Band, and Justin Wilder, the director of choral studies at MHS.

Rove holds a bachelor of music education from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., where he studied with Ed Cooper. Rover also earned his master of music in music performance at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and studied with Lloyd Geisler. Upon graduation from Catholic University in 1971, Rove joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a third cornetist. He was appointed principal trumpet three years into his first enlistment and remained in that position until his retirement in 1993.

Rove has served as principal trumpet of the White House Orchestra as well performing for heads of state and visiting dignitaries. In this capacity he also worked with Frank Sinatra, Beverly Sills, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Harry James, Leonard Bernstein, Itzhak Perlman and many other visiting musical artists.

The concert is free.