David Bushouse, professor of music and Associate Dean of the School of Music at the University of Kansas, will travel this weekend to his alma mater, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to mark the 50th anniversary and reunion of the University of Michigan Symphony Band’s 15-week trip to the Soviet Union, Middle East and Eastern Europe in 1961.
The tour was arranged and sponsored by the U. S. Department of State. The group visited ten cities in six Republics of the Soviet Union in eight weeks. The other countries included Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Romania and Poland. The tour concluded with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
There will be numerous reunion activities during this weekend’s reunion, including the presentation of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Hall of Fame Award to the 1961 Symphony Band on October 28 and the homecoming football game on Oct. 29, where the halftime show will be dedicated to the 1961 band. Professor Bushouse was joined in 1961 by former classmates Rudy Radocy and George Heller, both of whom went on to become KU faculty in music education. The band in 1961 was comprised of 94 members.
David Bushouse joined the KU music faculty in 1969. He holds music degrees from the University of Michigan. Previously he taught at Morehead State University as horn professor and assistant band director. He has a wide variety of playing and teaching experiences, including private studios in Michigan, Kentucky and Kansas. At KU he was conductor of the Varsity (now University) Band and assistant director of the marching band until 1979. As director of the renowned Midwestern Music Camp starting in 1979, he coordinated the activities of hundreds of students from about 30 states each year in the junior and senior divisions, as well as the KU Jazz Workshop and the KU Guard and Drum Major Camps. Over 25,000 campers attended the Camps under his directorship until he assumed the Music and Dance Department associate chair position in 2004.
Mr. Bushouse helped found the Kansas Brass Quintet, and performed with the Kansas Woodwind Quintet and Kansas Woodwinds until 1996. Under his direction, the KU Horn Ensemble has performed at several KMEA conventions and 18 members performed for the 1977 Southwest MENC Convention. He was principal horn and soloist with the Lawrence Chamber Players, Lawrence City Band and the former Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Professor Bushouse is the author of Practical Hints on Playing the Horn, published by Warner (Belwin).
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU