American Music Ensemble
Mark Norman, Conductor

Saturday, August 11, 3 p.m.


A 10-piece ensemble performing the ragtime, marches and other selections by great American composers of the 19th and 20th Century. Program includes Scott Joplin’s Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, and Sousa’s Washington Post March and Stars and Stripes Forever.


$24 General Admission
$8 Students


Shirley Recital Hall, Salem College Fine Arts Center

Parking: Large parking lot is located in front of the Fine Arts Center.




The American Music Ensemble features the ragtime, marches and Americana music of the great American composers of the 19th and 20th century. The AME’s unique sound is based on the instruments Scott Joplin wrote for in his famous “Red Back Book” arrangements (Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Drums) featuring his most famous “rags” including The Entertainer and The Maple Leaf Rag. Sousa’s most popular marches such as The Washington Post and Stars and Stripes Forever are anchors for the program as are Americana selections, high-energy Dixieland Jazz favorites and fun “Toe-tappers!”

The American Music Ensemble is comprised of faculty and alumni of the UNC School of the Arts representing over five decades of the school’s history. The AME recently received rave reviews after their return performance at UNCSA in January 2019.


Mark Norman returned to UNCSA in 2016 as the Director of Wind Ensembles previously holding the same position from 2006-09. Norman has enjoyed a musical career spanning over three decades, which include faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Michigan, Washburn University and Towson University, in addition to being a former tuba performer with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC. He is the former Music Director of the American Wind Orchestra and Riverside Wind Symphony. Ensembles under Norman’s direction have performed on international stages and prestigious conferences/events nationwide. Norman is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the US.


Star Spangled Banner

From the Red Back Book – Scott Joplin (1867 – 1917) / arr. Gunther Schuller

The Cascades (1904)
The Ragtime Dance (1902)
The Easy Winners (1901)

Dixieland Set #1:

It Don't Mean a Thing (1931) – Duke Ellington (1899 – 1974)
King Porter Stomp (1905 / 1924) – Jelly Roll Morton (1890 – 1941)
Tiger Rag (ca. 1917) - Unknown

String-Flute Quartet Joplin Set:

The Strenuous Life (1902) - Joplin
Bethena, A Concert Waltz (1905) - Joplin
Solace: Mexican Serenade (1909) - Joplin

The Washington Post (1889) – John Phillip Sousa

The Entertainer (1902) – Scott Joplin / arr. Schuller


From the Red Back Book – arr. Gunther Schuller

African Pas (1902) – Morris “Maurice” J. Kerwin, Jr. (1881 – 1952)
Kinklets (1906) – Arthur Owen Marshall (1881 – 1968)
Sunflower Slow Drag (1901) – Joplin and Scott Hayden

Sonata - Michael Garson (b. 1945)

Moderato espressivo

The Pivetta Duo

The Thunderer (1889) – John Phillip Sousa
Guest Artist, TBA

Stars and Stripes (1897) – John Phillip Sousa

Maple Leaf Rag (1899) – Scott Joplin / arr. Schuller