The UTC Music Department will present the UTC Trumpet Ensemble and Low Brass Ensemble in concert on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place at the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 752 Vine St. Admission is free and open to the general public.
UTC’s Trumpet Ensemble is directed by Erika Schafer, and is made up of UTC students Zach Langley, Justin Wilson and Nick Wysong. They will be performing “Three Snapshots” by Nicole Piunno, “Toccata for Trumpets” by Paul M. Stouffer, and “Suite for Five Trumpets” by Ronald Lo Presti. Leif Atchley, a junior from Ridgeland High School, and Blake Vayda, from Central High School, will be joining the trumpet ensemble for Mr. Presti’s piece.
The UTC Low Brass Ensemble, directed by Kenyon Wilson, includes euphonium, trombone, and tuba students. They will perform “Adagio” by John Stevens, “Three Moods, for tuba ensemble” by Daniel Boone, “Isle of Mann” by Kenyon Wilson, “O Mille Volte” by Luca Marenzio, as arranged by Jay Lichtmann, and the “Song of the Rebels of Zebrzydowski” as arranged by Jay Lichtmann.
In addition to low brass instruction at UTC, Mr. Wilson is the principal tuba player with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in Alabama and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia. He has performed recitals in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia, and collaborated on the Tuba Music Guide: The New Tuba Source Book, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2007. He has authored five articles for the International Tuba/Euphonium Association Journal and published eight works for tuba/euphonium ensemble. His performance of Sy Brandon's American Fantasy won first prize in the 2004 Co-Op Press Recording Competition and was released in 2005 on Fantasies and Realities, Emeritus Records.
Dr. Schafer is in her sixth year as assistant professor of Trumpet and assistant director of Bands at UTC. She teaches trumpet lessons, directs the Jazz Band and Trumpet Ensemble, and is the assistant director of the Marching Band and Pep Band. She performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony and hosted the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, in addition to visiting Chile to present master-classes at the University of Chile and Catholic University of Chile. Prior to her position at UTC, Dr. Schafer was a featured soloist of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and performed with several chamber ensembles including the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet and the Joint Services Brass Quintet. She is a founding member of New Dischord, a Chattanooga-based performing ensemble featuring new music in collaboration with other artists
For more informaiton contact the UTC Music Department at 425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music.