By Larry Mason
The month of April will be a very busy month for the music department at Northwest. There will be five major musical performances in April. The performances will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus.
The first show was a brass ensemble on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. That performance will be followed by a jazz orchestra on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m., a percussion ensemble on Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m., a steel drums performance on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and a wind ensemble on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
The promoters of the performances advise audience members to arrive a few minutes before the starting times, so that they may find an open seat and get settled in.
According to Jeff Triplett, the assistant director of bands at Northwest, the brass ensemble concert on April 21 will feature several chamber orchestra groups. The end result of these chamber orchestras is a very personal and intimate experience for those playing, as well as those that are in the audience.
“One of the goals of the music department at Northwest is to provide a wide array of performance opportunities for our student musicians.
The jazz concert on April 23 will incorporate songs by some pretty famous jazz musicians.
According to Jonathan Bass, the director of the Northwest Jazz Ensemble, they have selected some favorite tunes from their catalog. Songs by musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Sonny Rollins.
“We are also excited about our special guest, Sadie Shannon, who will be singing jazz standards with the band,” Bass said.
The percussion ensemble on April 27 will incorporate traditional and modern composers.
According to John Ungurait, the director of Bands at Northwest, the students have worked really hard on the performance.
The steel drum performance will be held on April 29 at 7 p.m.
According to Ungurait, the students just got back from Chicago where they performed at a festival. They are pumped about the upcoming performance.
The wind ensemble will perform on April 30, the 100th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
According to Ungurait, the show will be a montage of patriotic tunes.