UD’s concert stayed true to the style of traditional Sousa concerts,
using placards to announce each song instead of program guides. Guest
artists included Bruce Tychinski, UD associate professor of music and an
acclaimed trombonist, who was featured as a soloist.
Guests of all ages expressed enthusiasm for the show. Reasons for
attending varied, but many in the audience made the concert a family
“I thought it’d be fun to bring my grandson,” said Joan Crossman. “The weather’s perfect and the music’s great.”
Others said they learned about the event from the concert’s co-sponsor, the UD Community Music School.
“It’s especially good to see the spirit of America here because you
don’t always get to see that a lot,” said a father who brought his two
In keeping with the patriotic nature, the concert began with the
national anthem. There was also a tribute to any attending veterans, and
toward the end of the performance each military branch was acknowledged
Miller entertained the crowd from start to finish, wearing a red
uniform and resembling the real John Philip Sousa, complete with the
composer’s memorable beard and mustache.
Miller is the director of Port Clinton City Schools’ bands in Ohio
and has taught music for 27 years. He is also a frequent guest
clinician, conductor and speaker throughout the United States. He hosts
leadership workshops for various high schools, colleges, organizations
and Fortune 500 companies.