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Symphonic Prelude (The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer) was premiered in 2006 in honor of the Northshore Concert Band which, like Palatine Concert Band, was celebrating a 50th anniversary at the time. The composition was inspired by a visit to a Normandy cemetery situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. The endless rows of immaculately marked graves are a power- ful reminder of the high cost of freedom.
Mark Camphouse (b. 1954) is an accomplished composer, conductor, trumpet player and educator. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Camphouse was awarded a Chicago Civic Orchestra scholarship during his third and final year of high school, which enabled him to study trumpet privately for two years with legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal, Adolph Herseth. He studied at Northwestern University with John Paynter, Vincent Cichowicz and Alan Stout. He is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Radford University in Virginia.
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