Percussion Ensemble Concert Is Tuesday, Honoring Brandon Wood

Friday, November 9, 2012 - by Christian Downes, Lee University

The Lee University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Andy Harnsberger, will be performing with guest artist John H. Beck on Tuesday. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center and will honor Dr. Brandon Wood, an adjunct professor of percussion at Lee who recently passed away.

The program will feature Wart Hog #3 by Austin Wrinkle, The Frame Problem by James Romig, Selected Movements of Threads by Paul Lansky, and The Girl With the Flaxen Hair by Claude Debussy–to celebrate his 150th birthday–as well as Concerto for Timpani and Percussion Ensemble and In the Pocket by John Beck. The latter will feature a performance by Mr. Beck. 

Mr. Beck is a name that is held in highest regard by many musicians in the percussion community. He received his master’s and bachelor’s from the Eastman School of Music in 1955 and 1962, respectively. He retired from the Eastman School of Music in 2008 after 49 years of teaching and currently serves as professor emeritus of Percussion at Eastman.

Mr. Beck is former president of the Percussive Arts Society and was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999. As a composer, his works are featured by leading publishing companies. Mr. Beck is the editor of the “Encyclopedia of Percussion” and has written several instruction books for snare drum, drum set and timpani.

Lee’s Percussion Ensemble is dedicating their performance to the late Dr. Wood, a Lee alum who worked, taught and performed with the ensemble. Dr. Wood was the victim of a single-car accident as he returned to Lexington on the evening of Oct. 30.  He was 28-years-old.

Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn said, “Since he first arrived on campus as a student, Brandon has been one of those students who was a leader, in every sense of the word, among his fellow band students and music majors. His death is a shocking and tragic loss, and he will be greatly missed by everyone in the School of Music and his many friends elsewhere.” 

Dr. Wood recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and had been serving as an adjunct professor of percussion at Lee, commuting from Lexington to teach two days a week on campus.

Dr. Harnsberger, assistant professor of music and percussion coordinator at Lee, said of Dr. Wood, “We had a tragic loss…Brandon Wood was a great student, colleague, and friend.  He was valued and loved by all and will be terribly missed.”

Dr. Wood is survived by his wife, Lee alumna Kellie McClellan Wood, their four-month-old son Cameron, family, and friends.

Services were held Monday, and an account has been established to benefit Cameron:

Brandon Keith Wood Memorial Account
University of Kentucky (UK) Federal Credit Union
2557 Sir Barton Way
Lexington, KY 40509

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Lee’s School of Music at 614-8240.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” Tour Sells Out 2nd Night At Bridgestone

Taylor Swift sold out Bridgestone Arena for the second straight night on Saturday. The entire venue, inside and out, felt like a huge middle school with thousands of giddy adolescents roaming about. Teenage girls, with reluctant moms and dads in tow, lined up for what seemed like miles to get the chance to see the world's number one pop star. I've never seen so many flashing ... (click for more)

A Celebration Of The Spoke Word Is Oct. 24 At Charles And Myrtle's

Christian J. Collier returns to the stage at Charles and Myrtle’s Coffeehouse, inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road, on Oct. 24 for a celebration of poetry and life.  Sharing the stage with him will be Emily Joy, a nationally-known poet and performer who recently released her debut album.  Review for Christian J. Collier: Collier is an accomplished writer ... (click for more)

Toddler Killed In Car Accident On Boy Scout Road Friday Morning

A toddler was killed in an auto accident Friday morning.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with injuries at the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies found a single car accident involving four passengers. Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital and the ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

We Can Do Something About Mass Shootings - And Response

A friend posted his observation this morning that there was paranoia about reasonable gun laws. I know his heart is saying we have to do something about these mass shootings. Then while scanning the morning news shows I watched a pile o’ pundits from Al Sharpton to Donald Trump pontificate on doing “something” about the problem. Personally, I think there are plenty of gun control ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How We Learned To Play

A couple of years ago I was reading a fascinating story that asserted the “Little Rascals” taught generations of children how to play with each other. When the comedy show about children in a poor neighborhood originated in 1922, there were just silent movies but in 1929, when the “talkies” were introduced, children and adults alike were mesmerized by the wonderful humor that producer ... (click for more)