David Bowden Joshua Conyers



David Bowden Joshua Conyers
David Bowden
David Bowden, Music Director & Conductor
Joshua Conyers, Vocal Soloist
Congressman Mike Pence, Narrator
Major General Mark Pillar, USAF (Ret.), Military Ceremonies
American Salute
National Emblem March
Star Spangled Banner
The Pledge of Allegiance
Salute! The Songs of the U.S. Armed Forces
The Posting of the Colors
Seventy-Six Trombones
Tonight from West Side StoryBernstein
Big Band Blast
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Embraceable You
On the Sunny Side of the Street
At Last
I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
New York, New York
Declaration of Independence/God Bless America
Star Spangled Spectacular
Recognition of Veterans by Military Conflict
Recognition of Returning Service Personnel
Somewhere Out There
Horner, Mann & Weil
Flag Folding Ceremony
21 Gun Salute
I’ll Be Seeing You
Let There Be Peace
Let Freedom Ring America
You’re a Grand Old Flag
America the Beautiful
Miller & Jackson
Sound of Music Medley
You’ll Never Walk Alone
1812 Overture
Stars and Stripes Forever
David Bowden, founding Music Director of the award-winning
Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, just completed his 25th season
leading the orchestra. He earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He met his wife, Donna,
while attending the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Originally from North Carolina, he loves both the mountains and
the ocean. He is an avid reader and a basketball fan, and enjoys
spending time with his family – including his granddaughter, Eliana. Dr. Bowden also conducts orchestras in Carmel and Terre Haute, Indiana, and has had many guest conducting
opportunities across America and in Europe. David is deeply committed to music education
and loves to see students excited about music—he knows that making music changes lives.
Winner of the Patriot Award in 2005, David said, “The annual Salute! Concert is perhaps
my most favorite of the entire year – my father-in-law is a WWII Ex-POW and I believe it is
important to remember and honor those who have served our country and, in some cases,
given the ultimate sacrifice, because freedom isn’t free.”
Major General Mark A. Pillar, USAF (Ret.)
General Pillar retired two years ago after 38 years of service to his
country. His last assignment was at the Pentagon in the Office of
the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. His other
assignments included Da Nang Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam, where he served as an EC-47 pilot and flew over 90 combat
missions. Upon his return to the United States, he began flying KC135 refueling aircraft at Grissom Air Force Base, Bunker Hill, IN.
In 1978 he transferred to the Air Force Reserve and held numerous
positions within the 434th Air Refueling Group. General Pillar flew mission in support of
Desert Shield (1990), Desert Storm (1991) and the Bosnia no-fly zone (1999). During
Operation Joint Force he was the vice commander of the 60th Air Expeditionary Wing,
Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany.
Mark and his wife, Linda live in Columbus and have two children, Matt and Lacey. Mark
serves on the local Red Cross Board of Directors, and is the incoming president of the
Philharmonic Board of Directors.
Joshua Conyers
Joshua Conyers debuted with the Philharmonic this past March to
rave reviews from the audience, the newspaper reviewer, and the
orchestra and chorus with whom he worked.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Josh has made a name
for himself along the East Coast in a variety of opera productions.
In 2010, Mr. Conyers made his Professional operatic debut as the
Mandarin in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot at Piedmont Opera in
Winston Salem, NC. Recently, he sang the role of The Vicar in
Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, and Lord Guglielmo Cecil in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.
“Conyers poured forth a deliciously honeyed baritone that would seduce anyone. If his
characterization was more hearty than suave, he still effortlessly summoned up a laser-beam
look that communicated hidden danger and volatility” (Joanne Sydney Lessner- Opera
News 7/15/11) as Don Giovanni at the Martina Arroyo Foundation Prelude to
Performance Program.
Josh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently
pursuing a Masters’ Degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Vocal
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