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Students Take Center Stage in Wind Ensemble Show

April 11, 2016

The Lander University Wind Ensemble’s Tuesday, April 12 show, will be a platform for some of the area’s most talented student musicians.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

Associate Professor of Music Dr. Reed Gallo, who directs the ensemble, said he wanted to “feature as many different students in as many different ways as we could.”

Gallo said that principal trumpet player Brandon Hooven, of Moncks Corner, does “double duty,” playing with Faculty Brass Quintet members Sonja Crenshaw, Donald Mack, Byron Hilley and Gallo on the first two movements of Victor Ewald’s “Quintet No. 1,” then playing with Student Brass Quintet members Madison Chapman, of Prosperity, Ashley Redden, of Columbia, Joey McClain, of Lugoff, and T.J. Shedd, of Fort Mill, on the third.

McClain, the band’s principal trombonist, will be the featured performer on Georges Bizet’s “Flower Song” from the opera, “Carmen,” while Shedd, the principal tuba player, will assume that role in the ensemble’s rendition of W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.”

Amber Anderson, of Laurens, will serve as student conductor in “Irish Tune from County Derry,” by Percy Grainger,” and Patrick Buchanan, of Greenwood, will conduct Frank Ticheli’s “Cajun Folk Songs.”

The ensemble will also perform an arrangement of the heavy metal group Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark,” by saxophonist Bryan Keefe, of Fort Mill. While challenging, Gallo said that the selection “sounds great and will be a crowd pleaser.”

Other selections include “The Gondoliers,” by Gilbert and Sullivan; “La Danza,” by Gioachino Rossini; “Them Basses,” by Getty Huffine; and “Second American Folk Rhapsody,” by Clare Grundman.

Gallo invited the public to hear “a wide variety of musical selections featuring the stronger members of the ensemble.”



Wind Ensemble II — Spring 2016

Patrick Buchanan, left, of Greenwood, T.J. Shedd and Bryan Keefe, both of Fort Mill, will be among the featured performers when the Lander University Wind Ensemble takes the stage for its final spring show.