UNFORTUNATELY, THE SOUSA HONOR BAND REHEARSALS AND CONCERTS HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY CANCELED
ALTHOUGH CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION, RCC HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL ANY LARGE ACTIVITIES
Conducted by Kevin Mayse, the RCC Wind Ensemble continues to establish itself as one of the leading wind bands in the Community College system. The Wind Ensemble consists of many of the finest young wind and percussion players from Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.
In addition to frequent concerts on campus, they have performed at the College Band Directors National Association regional conference, the Music Association of California Community College conference, California Music Educators state convention, as well as touring Northern California, Reno Nevada, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and Tokyo, Japan.
The ensemble hosts a two-day concert band festival, which features up to fifty middle school, junior high school, and high school concert bands.
The ensemble also hosts a conducting symposium each year. Guest clinicians have included Dr. Mitchell Fennell (Cal State, Fullerton) Jerry Junkin (University of Texas) Thomas Lee (UCLA) Michael Haithcock (University of Michigan) Eugene Corporon (University of North Texas) Keith Brion (New Sousa Band) Kevin Sedatol (Baylor University) and world-renowned conductor and founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell.
The RCC Wind Ensemble is also very active in recording, premiering and commissioning new works for winds. The ensemble has offered world premiere performances of works by composers such as; Donald Grantham, Steven Schmidt, Ran Galor, Bill Reichenbach, Sandy Megas and Steve Mahpar. In addition, the ensemble has offered west coast premier performances of works by composers such as; Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher and Micheal Gandolfi.