Trumpet virtuoso Dr. David Champouillon will be the featured performer when the Lander University Wind Ensemble takes the stage for its first performance of the semester on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
The appearance by Champouillon, professor of trumpet and jazz at East Tennessee State University, is the result of a partnership with Lander professor of trumpet and wind ensemble director Dr. Reed P. Gallo, who, along with the other members of Lander's Faculty Brass Quintet, played in East Tennessee State's "Brass Fest" in December.
Gallo was introduced to Champouillon, a graduate of the famed jazz programs at both the University of Miami and the University of Northern Colorado, by Lander Wind Ensemble members Ray and Sonja Crenshaw, who once performed with Champouillon as members of the 504th Air Force Band of the Golden Gate in San Francisco, California.
Champouillon will be the featured soloist in the wind ensemble's performances of Herbert L. Clarke's "Carnival of Venice" and Alfred Reed's "Ode for Trumpet," then join Gallo in a rendition of Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in B-flat for Two Trumpets."
Other selections include Anton Bruckner's "Hunt Scherzo, from Symphony No. 4, which Gallo calls "a great opener," and the finale of the show, a suite from the opera "Carmen," which in Gallo's view is marked by "really neat orchestration."
Principal trumpet player Gregg Hinton will conduct the ensemble in his orchestration of "Agnus Dei," by American pianist and jazz composer Michael Smith.
Gallo believes the event has all the makings of a great show. He described the physically imposing Champouillon as "a big bear of a guy" and said, "I'm very much looking forward to hearing him play."
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Admission is free.