NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University student Dean Mayeux of Alexandria has been selected to perform with the 2019 National Intercollegiate Band this July in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Mayeux, a music education major, has been sousaphone section leader in the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band for the past two seasons. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
According to Mayeux, the audition process involved recording two different pieces, one technical and one lyrical to submit to the audition website. The audition material was submitted in February.
“I’m hoping this opportunity will benefit me by giving me the chance to work with a world-class conductor, Jerry Junkin, premiere a new work for the band, and to perform with brothers, sisters and other musicians from across the nation,” said Mayeux.
The band is sponsored by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary service organizations whose purposes include serving college and university band programs through service projects, fundraisers, social events and other projects as needed. Rehearsals will be July 14-16 in at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a performance on July 16.
The National Intercollegiate Band was created in 1947 and is the oldest band of its type. The ensemble performs every two years at the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Convention. Since 1953, the National Intercollegiate Band has been the resident ensemble of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s Commissioning Program, which has added 30 new works to the band repertoire since its inception and is the longest-running commissioning program for wind band music in the United States.