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UC Instrumentalists perform for All-Festival High School Students in Annual Prism Concert


Williamsburg, Ky. - A variety of instrumentalists from the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Music department performed in the annual Prism Concert on November 21st in the Kohn Theatre for high school band students from across southeastern Kentucky.

A number of UC ensembles were represented during the concert including the trumpet ensemble, the color guard, the brass quintet, the jazz ensemble, and the concert band. According to David Threlkeld, associate professor of music and director of several of the musical ensembles performing in the Prism Concert, the purpose is to educate and entertain high school students while providing them with an idea of what the UC music program has to offer. "It provides our students an opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience that is musically knowledgeable," stated Threlkeld.

The program included:

- The UC Trumpet Ensemble performing Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas.

- The UC Color Guard (part of the marching band) performing their routine to Go West! which was part of the marching band show this fall.

- The UC Brass Quintet performing Fairest of the Fair by John Philip Sousa.

- The UC Jazz Ensemble performing Now’s the Time by Charlie Parker, Louisiana Bebop by Les Hooper and Blue Note Special by Mike Tomaro.

- UC music major Casey Barnard performing a drum solo called To the gods of Rhythm

- The UC Concert Band performing Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor, Adagio for Winds by Elliot Del Borgo and Dona Nobis Pacem, arranged for band by James Sudduth.

The Prism Concert is just one part of the All-Festival High School Band event that the University hosted over a period of three days. Students from local high schools compete in an intense audition process, and once selected, join one of two All-Festival Bands. They spent two days rehearsing, watched the Prism concert during a break time on Monday afternoon, and then presented their own concert on Tuesday in the Rollins Center. All-Festival is conducted in conjunction with the South Kentucky Music Association each year.

Cumberlands’ Department of Music offers four degrees and three minors. Students in these programs learn to understand musical concepts, acquire musical skills and develop positive attitudes toward arts advocacy. It also features a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles including show choir, jazz band, and flute choir.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.