By Heather Peckham, Chattanooga, TN –UTC’s own musical performers are bringing back the basics of pure, soul-feeding music.

 Photo by Mary Gower The Trumpet Ensemble practices in class for their concert.
Photo by Mary Gower
The Trumpet Ensemble practices in class for their concert.

The month of November kicks off with the Trumpet Ensemble performance directed by Erika Schafer.

“We have come a long way from the beginning of the semester when we were strictly working on technique,” Schafer said. “This is a great challenge for our trumpet players to show their skills and work through both their strong areas and shaky areas in a one shot performance. It’s always great to see it all come together.”

She said the ensemble will focus on performing Renaissance type of music for this performance.

“We are focusing on Renaissance music, which is a period of time in the 1500s and the 1600s,” Schafer said. “All three pieces we are playing will be circulating that period. The concert is also featuring two student brass quintets who are playing some older music as well.”

The trumpet enthusiasts staring in this group include Timothy Clark, freshman from Trenton, Ga., Taylor Franklin,  a junior from Strawberry Plains, Tenn., Zachary Langley, freshman from Trenton, Georgia, Justin Wilson, freshman from Jasper, Tenn., and Nicholas Wysong, super-senior from Soddy Daisy, Tenn.

“I have been with the trumpet ensemble since I’ve gotten here in 2008,” Wysong said. “I am very excited about this year’s concert. My favorite piece that we will be performing is called Revcy.”

On Nov. 13, the UTC’s Jazz Band will play at 7:30 p.m. in Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

“We are performing a wide range of music by jazz masters,” Schafer said. “We are also featuring two vocalists: Alea Tveit and Amy Oaks who will be singing Stormy Weather, That Old Black Magic and Bewitched. It’s been very interesting to work with them by incorporating and highlighting their techniques in with the jazz band.”

Sophomore Amy Oaks, a featured vocalist in the jazz band from Chattanooga said, “This is my first semester to be involved with the jazz band here. They really are an excellent jazz band and it is so much fun and nostalgic to perform with them because I was also in the jazz band in high school where I played the trumpet. It just really brings me back to the old times.”

For this upcoming concert, Oaks said the audience can expect to hear a wide range of jazz selections.


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