The concert is a showcase for Cumberlands entire instrumental music department, he said. I think the audience will be impressed by the variety and totally blown away by the technical and musical skills of the CU students.
Cumberlands Jazz Band will kick off the concert, performing jazz, swing, and Latin-influenced selections, including a special composition from accomplished composer and musician Dennis Burnside, who will provide piano accompaniment.
Were very glad to have Burnside. Hes played with artists like Woody Herman and Buddy DeFranco, and hes a great composer, said Martin, himself an arranger and composer who recently published three new works, including one piece, Art, that debuted with the Tennessee Tech Trombone Ensemble.
The Concert Band and ensembles will follow, performing band music and other selections from composers such as Sousa and Gary Gilroy. Some of the pieces, such as a march played by the Tuba Ensemble and a fast, challenging work from Gilroy, may surprise audiences.
The four student bands are a part of the instrumental music program at Cumberlands School of Music and the Arts, and their talents will be on full display at the April 17 concert.
The concert is a major performance for our students, and it will give audiences a chance to sit back and enjoy their music, Martin said. If a song speaks to you, its because it says something to you. We hope to say something to audiences with our music that night.
The Spring Band Concert is free and open to the public.