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John Beck


Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University

*Asheville High School concert has been moved to

Wait Chapel on 4/22 @ 7:30PM  One concert only!*

Don’t miss a fantastic evening of riveting marches, patriotic favorites,

and virtuosic soloists as the Piedmont Wind Symphony turns back

time to become The Sousa Band!

Led by Sousa specialist and Conductor Emeritus at UNCG, John Locke,

the band will be in full costume, and the hall will be decked to
resemble the days of Sousa’s Band as it traveled ar
ound the world

to packed and enthusiastic audiences. You won’t want to miss

this performance!

John Locke, Guest Conductor/ Sousa Impersonator
Ashley Hall, Cor
net Soloist
John Beck, Xylophone Soloist

Jay Jackson, Narrator

Mark A. Norman, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Music Director/Conductor

John Beck, Percussion

John R. Beck is the principal percussionist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and he teaches at the UNC School of the Arts and Wake Forest University. He regularly performs with the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Philidor Percussion Group. His career began as a member of the United States Marine Band, and for 10 years he performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. 

Ashley Hall-Tighe is an internationally renowned musician, educator and certified life coach. With her exuberant personality and passion for building authentic and meaningful connections, Ashley enjoys engaging audiences as a soloist and ensemble musician, facilitating coaching courses, working with individuals in her private coaching practice, and leading professional and personal development workshops.

With an international performing career that spans nearly 2 decades, Ashley has performed as a soloist on 4 continents and in over 10 countries.  She has been the principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra since 2008, enjoying the cross-discipline artistic collaborations of their Summermusik Festival.  Ashley has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, brass bands, and wind ensembles including her recent appearance as one of the featured Holiday Pops soloists with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in December of 2021.  Ashley regularly performs as a recitalist at universities and concert series venues.  In 2019, she was the first trumpeter to perform for the esteemed concert series, Matinee Musicale in Cincinnati, OH.  Of this performance, classical music critic Janelle Gelfand said, “In each piece, she displayed a warm tone, stunning technique and expressive artistry. Best of all was the joy she found in each note, and that communicated to the audience.”  Ashley is highly regarded for her work as a cornetist, having served as the principal solo cornet with the North Carolina Brass Band and the New England Brass Band and being a frequent guest artist with brass bands around the globe.

As an educator, Ashley combines her passion for whole-person development with a methodical approach to trumpet improvement.  Her teaching on respiratory mechanics, strategic practice planning, upper register development, as well as her personal stories of growth make her one of the most sought-after guest clinicians and educators on the trumpet.  She has served on the faculties of the University

Ashley Hall-Tighe, Trumpet
Ashley Hall-Tighe

of Dayton, St. Olaf College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.Ashley was the founding director of the Longy School of Music’s Career Coaching Program from 2019-2022, which helps students develop

careers that align with their values.  She hosted a weekly speaker series at Longy called “The Multifaceted Career”, and interviewed over 60 artist leaders who embody an expansive, integrated narrative of holistic career success. Ashley is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and trained with Co-Active Training Institute and Graydin.  In her private coaching practice Ashley offers individual coaching sessions that empower artists to unlock their potential and align their values with their creative lives.  She is a Certified Start with Heart Facilitator through Graydin and leads professional development coaching courses for institutions seeking cultural transformation. Ashley is married to trumpeter/singer/arranger and pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Nathaniel Tighe and live in Cincinnati, OH in a log cabin in the woods with their two children, Morgan and Kevin.

Karen Mason Headshot.heic

Karen Mason is a lyric soprano currently studying as a voice student of Glenn Siebert. As an up-and-coming classical voice in North Carolina, she is pursuing a degree in Opera Performance in the undergraduate voice program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mason has performed internationally in Germany, with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar and the Berlin Opera Academy. Her most recent performances include the Countess in Act II of the Marriage of Figaro at UNCSA and in Orlando Paladino with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Mason has also sung a featured role in the UNCSA School of Drama’s production of Amadeus, where she performed as famed opera singer Katerina Cavalieri. Recently, Mason competed in the NATS NC state voice competition, where she placed first in her category and in the NATS Mid-Atlantic voice competition, where she placed first in her room.

Karen Mason, Soprano

Dr. John R. Locke served on the UNCG School of Music Faculty as Director of Bands, Director of Summer Music Camps, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and conducting teacher from 1982 until his retirement in December 2018.  He holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from West Virginia University and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Illinois. Previously, Dr. Locke held teaching positions in music at West Virginia University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Illinois. He has conducted band performances throughout the world including National Conventions of the MENC, CBDNA, ABA, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Strathmore Center in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center in New York City, Dvorak Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, Innsbruck, Austria, Bologna and Rome, Italy. Twice, the UNCG Wind Ensemble earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post newspaper following concert performances in the nation's capital. Under Locke's leadership, the UNCG Wind Ensemble has released 21 commercially available compact discs including fireworks! which was a Grammy Entry List 2011 CD in two categories, "Classical Album of the Year" and "Best Orchestral Performance." In addition, he has guest conducted the U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as numerous university bands including University of Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, Idaho, Georgia, Nebraska – Omaha, Long Beach State, Troy, Bowling Green, South Florida, Furman, Youngstown State, Boise State, Morehead State, Eastern New Mexico, Washburn, Kennesaw State and numerous all-state honor bands and intercollegiate bands.

Dr. Locke has served as Editor of The North Carolina Music Educator and has published articles on band and wind ensemble

Dr. John R. Locke

literature in the Journal of Band Research and in Winds Quarterly. He is Past-President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association representing 2,200 members. Dr. Locke is a recipient of Phi Mu Alpha's Orpheus Award and has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on three occasions. He is a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. In 1989, Dr. Locke was among the youngest conductors ever to be elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1994, he received the Phi Beta Mu International Fraternity Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award, presented at the Mid-West International Band Clinic in Chicago. Dr. Locke is Past-President of the Southern Division of College Band Directors National Association and hosted the Southern Division Convention at UNCG in February 2000. In 2002, Dr. Locke was nominated for the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest award in the 16-campus UNC System. He also received the "Outstanding Music Teacher Award" in the UNCG School of Music in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Locke was elected President of the American Bandmasters Association and received the Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. In 2007, he received The Old North State Award from NC Governor Mike Easley "for dedication and service beyond excellence to the state of North Carolina." In 2009, Locke became Editor of the Journal of Band Research, the premiere scholarly band publication in the world, begun in 1964.  In July 2012, Locke was honored by NC Governor Beverly Perdue with The Order of the Longleaf Pine Award, the highest civilian honor in North Carolina.  In 2014, Locke was named the Marion Stedman Covington Stedman Distinguished Professor of Music at UNCG.

At UNCG, Dr. Locke is the founder of the Summer Music Camp program, now the largest university music camp in America, enrolling over 2,000 students annually and served by a staff of 170 professionals. He is also the founder of the Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference. Since 1977, he administered summer music camps for over 67,000 students. He is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for band festivals throughout the United States and Canada.

Wait Chapel, 1834 Wake Forest Road, WS 27109

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