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Music Department hosts montage concert at Honor Band

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Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:01

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Alex Jacobi

Different UTM Ensembles performed for high schoolers and middle schoolers on Friday, Jan. 25. Here, the UTM Wind Ensemble performs a few of their pieces, showing the students what a large, college-level band sounds like.

Dr Barry Ellis

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Dr. Barry Ellis, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, conducts the Concert Band.

Susan Walters

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Susan Waters, Director of Bands at Oliver Middle School of Nashville, Tenn., conducts the Junior High Band.

Dr Joe Oelrich

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UTM Director of Bands Dr. John Oelrich conducts the Wind Ensemble, the final performance of the concert.

Dr Russel Mikkelson

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Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at Ohio State University, conducts the Symphonic Band.

 Amidst the activities of the UTM Honor Band weekend was the UTM Montage Concert, held on Friday, Jan. 25.

At the concert, members of the UTM Music Department showcased their talent to high schoolers and middle schoolers, showing all different types of ensembles and instruments.

First, the UTM Pep Band, conducted by Director of Marching and Athletic Bands Matthew Stratton, performed the UTM Fight Song, getting the crowd pumped up with school spirit.

Then, the Faculty Brass Quintet, comprised of Associate Professor Dr. Kurt Gorman, Assistant Professor Dr. John Oelrich, Assistant Professor Dr. Jessie Thoman, Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Frye, and Matthew Stratton, played “Sonatine” by Eugene Bozza.

Also, the UTM Percussion Studio, conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Julie Hill, performed “Pryiphlegethon” by Christopher Deane; the UTM Big Band, conducted by Dr. Kurt Gorman, performed “Afro Blue” by Mongo Santamaria; and Rachel Steiner, along with the UTM Percussion Ensemble, performed “Shadow Chasers” by Michael Burritt.

Not only did ensembles perform, but professors also played solo pieces, including Dr. Kurt Gorman performing “Legend” by Georges Enesco, Dr. Joseph Frye performing “Rock” by Alan Raph, Dr. Jesse Thoman performing “Nocturno” by Franz Strauss, and Dr. Douglas Owens performing “Concerto for Bassoon” by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged by Peter Schmaltz.

To end the show, the UTM Wind Ensemble performed “The Florentiner March” by Julius Fucik, “October” by Eric Whitacre and “Chorale and Capriccio for Band” by Arne Running.

Overall, the concert showed high schoolers and middle schoolers the talent and spirit of the UTM Music Department. All the performances were received with much applause and enthusiasm. Not only did the audience enjoy the performance, but so did the musicians.

Approximately 300 people were present in the Ballroom that day, and were mostly attentive for the whole two hours of performances. This concert, along with multiple master classes and rehearsals that took place over the weekend, helped young musicians improve their trade.

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