Sources: Donna Ekart, 785-532-7452, dfe@k-state.edu;
and Darchelle Martin, 785-532-7442, martin05@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Stephanie Murray, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

'Hale Sousa': Friends of the K-State Libraries gala salutes patriotic composer, benefits university's music collection

MANHATTAN -- The annual gala of the Friends of the K-State Libraries will be Friday, Oct. 12, at Kansas State University. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Hale Library's historic Great Room.

This year's gala is titled "Hale Sousa," and will feature a special program from the Kansas State University band and music programs. The bands will play some of the most well known works of John Phillip Sousa, famous for his patriotic and military marches. In 1931, Sousa wrote the "Wildcat March," which is still played by the Kansas State University Marching Band today.

In addition to the musical performances, the evening will also feature cocktails, dinner and dancing.

"We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening in the beautiful Great Room that will include a banquet, dancing and a special performance and program by Kansas State University faculty and students," said Jan Wissman, president of the Friends of the K-State Libraries. "The gala is always a happy occasion to gather and support the work of K-State Libraries."

Proceeds from the gala will go toward the expansion of the K-State Libraries' music collection, which will benefit faculty, students and community music scholars and fans. Patrons who wish to provide additional support can also become sponsors of the event.

To purchase tickets to the gala or find out more about becoming a sponsor, contact Chelsey Barnes at 785-532-7093. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Additionally, in collaboration with the Friends of the Libraries gala, the K-State Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will present a special Sousa concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in McCain Auditorium. The ensemble and band are under the direction of Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands, and Don Linn, instructor of music and assistant director of bands. The concert will feature Kansas State University faculty guests, including Craig Parker, professor of music, coronet soloist and Sousa scholar; and Karen Large, assistant professor of music and flute soloist. Special guest conductor will be Staff Sgt. Ryan Nowlin of the President's Own United States Marine Band. Admission to this concert is free.

To learn more about the gala or Friends of the K-State Libraries, contact Darchelle Martin at 785-532-7442.