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BPC’s Community Wind Ensemble takes the stage
|Dr. Armenio Suzano directs the Brewton-Parker College Wind Ensemble in its Spring Concert April 17 in Gilder Recital Hall on the Mount Vernon campus. (Photo provided by Luska Suzano)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Community Wind Ensemble filled Gilder Recital Hall on the Mount Vernon campus with the invigorating sounds of Fillmore’s “Rolling Thunder March” and Gustav Holst’s “Mars: The Bringer of War” during their evening Spring Concert Tuesday, April 17.
Eleven Brewton-Parker students joined four BPC faculty/staff members and 26 community members to create the powerful, professional sounds of the ensemble, directed by Dr. Armenio Suzano, associate professor of music and director of musical ensembles.
The concert included nine songs, which, in addition to those already mentioned, featured Tim Quigley of Vidalia High School’s faculty as a guest conductor for “The March from ‘1941’” by John Williams.
Ensemble membership includes the following individuals, listed by sections:
Clarinets: students Jamie Sexton of Hartwell and Jelon Dixon of Jeff Davis County, and community members Lisa Keene of Mount Vernon, Lauralee Worth and Sarah Maley, both of Jeff Davis County. Bass clarinet: Shannon H. Bull, BPC staff.
Oboe: student Andrea Gaston of Augusta. Flute: students Elizabeth Nichols of Vidalia and Jennifer Deen of Alma and community member Pam Tippett of Vidalia. Alto Saxophone: students Matthew Pittman of Eastman, Christina Trowell of Waycross and Christopher Cummings of Atlanta, and community member Ajori Spencer of Wheeler County. Tenor Saxophone: Brandi Sullivan, Treutlen High School faculty.
Trumpet: John C. Reed, Jeff Davis Middle School faculty; student Maria Landrum of Lyons and community members Bill Sasser of Swainsboro, Andrew Nadekow of Vidalia, Craig Summerlin and Brian C. Summerlin, both of Jeff Davis County. Horns: Andrew Parsons, Wheeler County High School faculty; community members Charles Lawrence of Vidalia and Carol Jones of Mount Vernon.
Trombones: Glenn Eernisse, chair of BPC’s Division of Music; Dennis Kirby, Jeff Davis Middle School faculty; student Brittney Black and community members Michael Edwards of Jeff Davis County, Ben Mosley of Vidalia, Michael Atkinson of Soperton and Bobby Williams of Jeff Davis County. Euphonium: Tim Quigley, Vidalia High School faculty, and community members Hannah Bevan of Montgomery County and Joey Mitchell of Statesboro.
Tuba: student Dallas Wilke and Montgomery County High School faculty member Mark Baskin. Percussion: John Weaver, BPC faculty; Brandon Herrington, BPC staff; and, community members Drew Hooks, Josh Mosley and James Morris, all of Soperton.