The Sauk Valley Community College Concert Band will perform an “Almost President’s Day” Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, in Sauk's East Mall. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
SVCC Concert Band Director Mark Bressler said the band will perform several works associated with U.S. presidents and other important historical events in music history. Works will include: Washington Post March by John Phillip Sousa; George Washington Bicentennial March, by John Phillip Sousa; Washington Grays, by Claudio Grafulla; Elegy for a Young American, by Ronald Lo Presti; George Washington Bridge, by William Schuman; Military Symphony in F- by Francois Joseph Gossec; and The Blue and the Gray, by Clare Grundman.
Bressler, of Mount Carroll, is also director of the Dixon Municipal Band. He teaches elementary music and beginning band (grades 4 and 5) at West Carroll Intermediate School in Thomson. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (K-12) from Illinois Wesleyan University, and is finishing a Master’s in Music Education from Western Illinois University.
He has guest soloed with the Blackburn Community College Concert Band and Sterling Municipal Band, and, when not directing he performs on tuba, euphonium, and bass trombone. Bressler also composes and arranges music. In 2001 his brass quintet “Quintessential Blues,” was premiered by the Quintessence Brass Quintet at the Quad City Arts as part of its local performance series.
Sauk's concert band is comprised of college musicians as well as adult and student musicians from throughout Northern Illinois.
Sauk’s Music Department also includes its Concert Choir, under the direction of Kris Murray, assistant professor of music and humanities, and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gary Johnson, adjunct faculty music.