The University of South Alabama Department of Music is proud to present a Gala Finale Concert for USA Trumpet Day on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The event, hosted by USA Professor of Trumpet Peter Wood, Ph.D., will feature the legendary Doc Severinsen and Cathy Leach, Ph.D., trumpet professor at the University of Tennessee and president of the International Trumpet Guild. USA Trumpet Day participants will also perform.

Serverinsen, who will turn 91 in July, is the former bandleader for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
Tickets for the Gala Finale Concert will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty and staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Musical Arts Series season passes will, of course, be honored.

For more information, or for those needing special accommodation, call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.
Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps and enter “USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.” It’s on the southwest corner of University Boulevard and USA Drive South.

Interested trumpet players of all ages and ability levels are welcome to attend and participate during USA Trumpet Day. More information about the event, including an online registration form, can be found on the USA Trumpet Day website (

Questions may be directed to Dr. Wood at 251-460-7821 or

Civil War lunch with authors
Mobile is a historian’s treasure trove and various local writers have taken advantage over the years. Now a pair of them will meet at one of Mobile’s most picturesque landmarks to discuss their work on America’s bloodiest conflict.

Well-known local historians and authors John S. Sledge and Frye Gaillard will discuss their books — “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War” and “Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters,” respectively — covering the war’s effect on the lives of Alabamians.

It gets underway Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. in the Magnolia Room at Bellingrath Garden and Home (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road in Theodore). After the presentation, Sledge and Gaillard will sign copies of their books, available for purchase in the gift shop.  

The program is part of the Winter Wednesdays series in January and February. Sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room, 10:30-11:30 a.m., through Feb. 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the gardens after the session.

Registration is requested. To register, call 251-459-8864.