The premiere of the LSMSA Pep Band was during Homecoming on November 14, 2014 in the Gym for the girl's and boy's basketball games. The LSMSA Fight Song was introduced at that time. Click here for the words.
2016 Fall Semester Classes (Projected)
The music of AL BENNER has been performed frequently throughout the United States and Canada, including New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has also had overseas performances at the Vatican City (Italy), the Czech Republic, Greece, and several cities in Norway. He has received numerous commissions from organizations, institutions, and individuals, such as the Louisiana Association of Symphony Orchestras, St. Norbert College, and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, to name a few. His awards include ASCAP Standard Awards, two Composers Commissioning Awards from the Louisiana Music Teacher’s Association, and the Audience Choice Award from the Louisiana Sinfonietta, among others. He is the founder of the Louisiana Composers' Consortium (LCC), the Commissioning Chair for LMTA, the editor of ComposerUSA, the bulletin of the National Association of Composers, USA, and on their National Advisory Board, and on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Sinfonietta. He taught composition and theory at Louisiana State University and St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI) before joining LSMSA in 1997.
My music can be found at:
For a listing of performances of my music please click here.
For a listing of my music known to be in certain libraries, please click here.
Do what is right even if it is unpopular.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Don't let others think for you.
There is always a choice.
Be true to yourself.
"Excellence is not an action, but a habit." --Aristotle
"To educate a person in intelligence but not in character is a crime to the human spirit." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." --Dr. Albert Einstein
"The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again."
--Jimi Hendrix, in a poem found next to his bed in the London hotel where he died.
Charities I Support
Books Read Since Classes begin Fall 2013
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (Grove Press)
Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Charles Scribner's Sons)
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell)
Poetics of Music: In the Form of Six Lessons by Igor Stravinsky (Harvard University Press)
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming (Vintage Books)
Toscanini: An Intimate Portrait by Samuel Chotzinoff (Da Capo Press)
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Hyperion Press)