FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Department of Fine Arts and Mass Communication presents the FMU Wind Symphony, Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Express in concert. The free concert, set for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium, will be directed by Craig Alberty, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities.
The Wind Symphony will perform such pieces as “Crown Imperial,” by William Walton and arranged by Jay Bocook; “Riverdance Finale,” by Bill Whelen and arranged by Carl Strommen; and “My Old Kentucky Home,” by Stephen Foster and arranged by James Barnes.
The FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble will perform music to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birth (April 29, 1899). The Ensemble will perform three of Ellington’s compositions, all arranged by Roger Pemberton, Jazz Artist in Residence at the University of South Carolina, “Satin Doll,” “Mood Indigo,” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing.” The Jazz Express will perform pieces by Josef Zawinul, Ellington, Sammy Nestico, and Dave Brubeck.
FMU Wind Symphony members are (flutists) Amanda Bethea, Bambi Gaffney, Angela Lee, Jennifer Shaw; (bassoonist) Mary Cook; (clarinet) Dawn Barfield, Terry Covington, Regina Ellerbee, Peter Fichte, Christine Fisher, Jamie Hayes; (bass clarinet), Maria McCormick; (alto sax), Reesha Alexander, Jon’Nelle Flemming, Ginger Hite, Scott Kelly, Robyn Mixon; (tenor sax), Richard Flowers; and (baritone sax), Carmen Fleming. Playing trumpet are Landon Boyce, Gilbert Burgess, James Fulton, Melissa Gettys, Emily James, and Shane McKevlin; (horn) Catherine Abbott and Mike Boyce; (trombone) Lyn Alberty, Jordan Cochran, and Joel Perry. Playing the euphonium is Elizabeth Watkins; (tuba), Thomas Budde; (string bass), Chris Phillips; (percussion) Adam Brown, Laura Foxworth, and Ashton Williams, and on timpani, Steven Schweizer.
Members of the FMU Jazz Express are (alto sax) Alexander, Covington, and Kelly. Playing tenor sax are Hayes and Flowers; baritone sax, Fleming; (trumpet) Boyce, Burgess, Gettys, James, and McKevlin. Playing trombone are Alberty, Budde, Cochran and Perry; pianist, Leigh Anne Willis; bass, Tom Drago;and on drums, Adam Brown.
Members of the Chamber Jazz Ensemble include Covington, Flowers, Willis, Drago, and Brown.