On February 25th, 2019, The University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble traveled to Elkhart, Indiana to visit the Conn-Selmer plants. The Ole Miss students and their directors David Willson and Randy Dale spent the day touring the woodwind and brass facilities, attending a session with John Stoner and Tim Lautzenheiser and were treated to an instrument petting zoo led by Mike Kamphuis. The highlight of the day was the Ole Miss Wind Ensemble’s performance for the employees of the Bach facility; they performed seven selections including "Semper Fidelis" conducted by Conn Selmer's VP of Education, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and "Stars and Stripes Forever" conducted by Conn-Selmer CEO and President, John Stoner. It is worth mentioning, this was Mr. Stoner's first time conducting an ensemble and did so magnificently thanks to a quick lesson from David Willson.
Ole Miss Visit Photos
Ole Miss Band Students getting a tour of the Bach factory and learning about the manufacturing process of brass instruments.
Ole Miss Band Students play testing instruments inside the Conn-Selmer Centerstage room.
Ole Miss Band Students performing for the workers at the Bach factory.