Cumberland University presents Spring Band Concert
Cumberland University’s School of Music and the Arts will bring a little swing and band music flair to audiences at 7 p.m. on April 17 as the department presents its Spring Band Concert in the campus’ Heydel Fine Arts Center Theatre.
The free public concert will spotlight the music of four Cumberland bands, including the Jazz Band, conducted by Instructor Glenn Martin, the Concert Band and Tuba Ensemble, both conducted by Associate Professor Stephen Coleman, and the Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Instructor Paul Garretson.
Featuring a variety of genres ranging from jazz to band music, from John Coltrane to John Philip Sousa, the upcoming concert should offer something for everyone, according to Coleman.
“The concert is a showcase for Cumberland’s entire instrumental music department,” said Coleman. “I think the audience will be impressed by the variety and totally blown away by the technical and musical skills of the CU students.”
Cumberland’s Jazz Band will kick off the concert, performing jazz, swing, and Latin-influenced selections, including a special composition from accomplished composer and musician Dennis Burnside, who will provide piano accompaniment.
“We’re very glad to have Burnside. He’s played with artists like Woody Herman and Buddy DeFranco, and he’s a great composer,” said Martin, himself an arranger and composer who recently published three new works, including one piece, “Arêtê,” that debuted with the Tennessee Tech Trombone Ensemble.
The Concert Band and ensembles will follow, performing band music and other selections from composers such as Sousa and Gary Gilroy. Some of the pieces, such as a march played by the Tuba Ensemble and a fast, challenging work from Gilroy, may surprise audiences.
The four student bands are a part of the instrumental music program at Cumberland’s School of Music and the Arts, and their talents will be on full display at the April 17 concert.
“The concert is a major performance for our students, and it will give audiences a chance to sit back and enjoy their music,” said Martin, “If a song speaks to you, it’s because it says something to you. We hope to say something to audiences with our music that night.”
Free and open to the public, the Spring Band Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on April 17 in Cumberland University’s Heydel Fine Arts Center Theatre.