Jazz and Wind Ensembles and Symphonic Band to Perform
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 23:02
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Department of Music Concert Series opens Friday, Feb. 8, with a concert featuring the Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazz Quartet in the Berlin Lounge of the McKelvey Student Center. The program is free to the public. Both of these outstanding ensembles will present a program ranging from classic Jazz through the latest styles.
The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Kevin McManus, adjunct professor of music and trombone studio. He also teaches Brass Pedagogy and works with Brass Master Class and brass ensembles. McManus also performs in the Faculty Brass Quartet.
Faculty performing in the quartet include: Mark Antonich, guitar; Jeff Wachter, piano; Jeff Bremer, bass; and Perry Gatch, drums.
The Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present a concert Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.
The Wind Ensemble is comprised of 45 musicians selected through audition at the beginning of each year. This ensemble has been invited to be a guest performance ensemble for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference in April. This is the third time that the Wind Ensemble has achieved this distinction.
The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, associate professor of music, director of instrumental activities and chair of the department.
The Symphonic Band is open to all students with instrumental interest and experience. As a result, the band is comprised of music majors, minors and students from a majority of all other disciplines on campus.
Both ensembles will present a wide range of repertoire representing standard literature as well as recent compositions.
Nearly one-fourth of the Westminster students are involved in the music program.