FREE concert: "Sousa Meets Gershwin" at Mason Gross, Thursday, March 10

The Rutgers Symphony Band and several esteemed Jazz faculty members combine forces at 8 p.m.Conrad Herwig Thursday, March 10, for a free pops concert featuring the works of American masters John Philip Sousa and George Gershwin. Sousa Meets Gershwin will take place at the Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass Campus. Darryl Bott conducts.

The program, which includes several of Sousa's marches, features faculty members Stanley Cowell on piano and Conrad Herwig on trombone. Highlights include Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, a selection from his 1935 opera Porgy and Bess and the well-known Scottish ballad Annie Laurie.

“It’s just fun," Bott says of the classical-jazz collaboration. "The students are excited. We have a great faculty, and I don’t know how many students get to hear them play.

"Music is music," Bott continues. "Sometimes we tend to listen to things we like the most. The collaboration of a classical and jazz program can create great things.”

Nicholas Music Center is at 85 George St. at Ryders Lane, on Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. No tickets are necessary for this event. More information is available by calling 732-932-7511. Media inquiries: Laurie Granieri, 732-932-7591, ext. 516;

Photo of Conrad Herwig by Larry Levanti

About the Rutgers Symphony Band
The Rutgers Symphony Band performs both standard and contemporary literature from the wind-band repertoire. Emphasis is placed on the development of technical and musical skills. The group comprises both music and nonmusic majors and presents at least one concert each semester. Symphony Band was founded in 2000 due to the increased enrollment of music students. The group is the former Concert Band, which is now made up of members of the larger Rutgers University community.