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Cumberland University's student bands hold fall concert



Cumberland University’s instrumental bands and ensembles will take center stage at the Cumberland University Bands Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the campus’s Heydel Fine Arts Center Theatre.

Cumberland’s Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Trumpet and Percussion Ensembles will regale audiences at the free public concert with a mixture of Christmas, jazz, and experimental music.

Associate Professor of Music Stephen Coleman, who directs the Concert Band and Trumpet Ensemble, says that the students’ music will approach the holidays from multiple angles.

“Each selection focuses on a particular aspect or experience of the holiday season,” Coleman said. “The Trumpet Ensemble is opening the concert with a fanfare based on the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel's ‘Messiah.’ The Concert Band is also playing an arrangement of a 15th century carol, titled ‘On This Day.’”

Instructor Paul Garretson will direct the Percussion Ensemble as it presents an arrangement of another carol, “Good King Wenceslas.”

Coleman is also excited about the Concert Band’s performance of Alex Shapiro’s “Paper Cut,” which he describes as an “unusual selection” that promises audiences an aural and visual experience.

“The composer has the band perform the piece with a prerecorded electronic soundtrack, creating a unique and exciting effect for the audience,” Coleman said. “It also requires that each member of the band use paper to produce musical sounds, in addition to playing music on their instruments.”

The 12-strong Jazz Band, directed by Instructor Glenn Martin, will round out the concert with a selection of contemporary jazz standards, including such pieces as Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Miles Davis’s “Milestones,” and John Coltrane’s “Blue Train.”

Martin hopes that the concert will help expose the community to Cumberland’s instrumental music students.

“We have some true talent in the bands at Cumberland,” Martin said. “We want people to come in and enjoy their music.

The public concert is one of many for Cumberland’s instrumental music program, which will present outreach concerts at area schools next semester. The program is a part of Cumberland’s School of Music and the Arts.