A former Hamilton High School Band student wrote a symphonic composition to honor his former band director, the concert is tonight in Bonner Park, Missoula.
Southwick taught band at Hamilton High School from 1975 to 1994. Felice graduated from Hamilton in 1980 and continued his music studies, earning his Ph.D., and is now a professor of composition at Butler University. He was commissioned to compose music for Butler University’s 100th Anniversary of the Butler Bands which premiered at Butler University on Oct. 3, 2021.
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Felice and Southwick said they are grateful to Missoula City Band director Gary Gillette. Gillette, the retired chair of the Music Department at Sentinel High School, heard the symphonic composition posted on Southwick’s Facebook page, contacted Felice and received permission to perform “Sunrise Over Angler’s Roost.”
Southwick will play in tonight’s concert unless all four usual euphonium players are present. Frank Felice will play a second keyboard part, an electronic keyboard.
The composition is third on the program for the Missoula City Band performance tonight at 8 p.m. at the Bonner Park Bandshell on the corner of Hastings and Ronald Streets in Missoula. The Sweet Adelines will be performing for the second half of the concert.
Watch for the full article in Friday’s Ravalli Republic.