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October 2013
Volume 10, Issue 7
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clarinet students
Delta State clarinet students Courtney Wier, Elizabeth Ogle, and Tirzah Simmons participated in a masterclass with Dr. Jackie McIlwain, Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McIlwain also performed a recital on the Delta State campus.
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Lions Band video

Recently Dr. Josh Armstrong (percussion) went over to Studio B at the Delta Music Institute to record a video of the Lions Band marimba Etude. This video will be up on the Vic Firth website soon! 
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News from the DSU Bands

The Pride of the Delta Marching Band hosted BAND DAY on Sept. 28 as part of the Pig Pickin' Festivities. Students representing high schools and community colleges from Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana joined with the DSU Band for the day including performing at the football game that evening.
HONOR BAND:  High school students are encouraged to audition for the 2014 DSU Honor Band. In addition to two live audition sites, students may also submit a recording. All recordings must be received by Monday, November 18, 2013. Information and registration for the 2014 DSU High School Honor Band can be found here:

HONOR BAND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: Percussionists who are selected for the 2014 DSU Honor Band will participate in a Percussion Ensemble in addition to performing with the Honor Band. Students will work with DSU Professor of Percussion Dr. Josh Armstrong and will prepare a selection that will be presented as part of the Honor Band final concert.

percussion at band day
Above: DSU, community college, and high school percussion students participate in Band Day rehearsals
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Calendar of Events: October/November

Visit our Concerts & Events page for more performances. All events are in the BPAC Recital Hall unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. To verify, please call 662-846-4615.

Monday, Oct. 28, 6:00 PM

Sunday, Nov. 3, 3:00 PM
Our Lady of Victories (Cleveland)

Dr. Noel Wallace, bass trombone
Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 pm

Featuring the Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone Ensembles
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM
D&PL Theatre

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 PM

Thursday, Nov. 14,1:40 PM

Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 PM
D&PL Theatre
Sunday, Nov. 17, 3:30 PM
D&PL Theatre
Monday, Nov. 18, 6:00 PM
Recital Hall
Brian Thomson, trombone
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 PM  

Drs. Shelley Collins, Keith Pettway, Bret Pimentel, and Rebecca Weidman-Winter
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 PM 

Courtney Wier, clarinet
Thursday, Nov. 21, 1:40 PM 

DSU Honor Band: January 16-18, 2014
DSU Honor Choir: February 7-9, 2014

Faculty Headlines

Performances, service, and innovative teaching

  • Dr. Bret Pimentel recently performed a recital of traditional and non-traditional interpretations of music by Georg Philipp Telemann on a variety of woodwind instruments. He was assisted by Dr. Kumiko Shimizu on harpsichord and piano and Nicole Davis on cello.
  • Kumiko Shimizu (collaborative piano) performed at the Song Collaborators Consortia Art Song Festival held at West Texas A&M University in October 2013. One of the performances included a world premiere of Bruce Trinkley’s The Sylvan Cycle.

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Calling All Alumni!

The DSU Department of Music Alumnus/a of the Year Award

Now Accepting Nominations
If you are a graduate of Delta State University, we invite you to make nominations for the DSU Department of Music Alumnus/a of the Year Award.  Nominees for the award must be graduates of the DSU Department of Music and display excellence in the field of music.  To make a nomination please go the Department of Music website and follow the link to “Alumni News” to view selection criteria and download the nomination form.  Forms may be submitted electronically to, or by regular mail to: Dr. Douglas Mark, Delta State University, Department of Music, Box 3256, Cleveland, MS 38733.  All nomination forms must be received or postmarked by March 15, 2014.

Alumni Spotlight: Sue (Johnson) Howard

Sue Howard

Sue (Johnson) Howard (BM, 1959), has completed her 35th year as organist/pianist at the First Congregational Church of Pelham, New Hampshire. She has had a varied career in music and in the secretarial field, working for the Baldwin Piano Company in Greenwood, MS in the early 1960's, as well as at Steed & Hearn Music Co. in Greenwood.  From 1962-1963, she worked at Hemphill Music Company and played solo piano and organ around Jackson, MS.
After moving to San Antonio, Texas in 1964, she played piano with her brother's combo, the Johnny Johnson Quartet, at all the Air Force bases at Ft. Sam Houston.  In 1969, Sue moved to Rhode Island and was secretary to the Chief Judge of the District Court of RI, as well as playing piano three nights a week at the Holland House, where she met her husband, Richard. They married in 1971 and had two children, Lauren and John, and five grandchildren. Sue's husband, Richard, passed away in January 2012. While living in New Hampshire, Sue had a 24 year career working the Legal Department of BAE Systems of North America, retiring in 2001.
Sue continues to hone her love and ability for playing jazz on the piano and plays at least twice a month at the Acton Jazz Café in Acton, Massachusetts at their jam sessions.  She plays with the American Legion Dance Band from Hudson, NH, and accompanies choral groups at Central High School in Manchester, NH. Sue sends best wishes to all of her DSU friends.    
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Dr. Shelley Collins, editor. Department of Music: 662-846-4615
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