Concord University Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble to Perform

For Immediate Release: 
May 01 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         



ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Jazz Band and Concord University Percussion Ensemble will present concerts on Thursday May 1st beginning at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s main auditorium. The Fine Arts Center is located on Concord’s campus at 1000 Vermillion Street in Athens, W.Va.

The percussion ensemble will perform the following selections: “Four for Four Flexitones” by Ri Seo, “Stubernic” by Mark Ford, “Toccata” by Carlos Chavez and “In C” by Terry Reily. For students and audience alike, the percussion repertoire is a great introduction into a variety of percussion instrumental sounds from various world cultures.

Casey Cangelosi who directs the Percussion Ensemble noted that, “the 20th century is known for its variety in taste and style; the “Toccata” by Carlos Chavez is considered the first substantial entirety for the percussion ensemble medium, “In C” is one of the first examples of minimalism in music, and the piece by Ri Seo is a wonderful example of interpretive graphical notion.” 

The Concord University Jazz Band will also be playing a number of selections including Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock, “Twenty Something” by Jamie Cullum, “One Note Samba” by Antonio Carolos Jobim, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus, and “What is Hip?” by Tower of Power.

Weather permitting, they will perform on the lawn between the Fine Arts Building and the Administration Building following the Percussion Ensemble Concert in the main auditorium. Dr. David Ball, the director of the Jazz Band, encourages his group to strengthen their performing skills through the use of improvisation.

“In today’s job market it is imperative that music students develop improvisational skills. The repertoire for this performance includes many ‘standards’ as well as a couple of pop-tunes heavily influenced by the blues and improv. This music affords the students the opportunity to develop a jazz vocabulary and an outlet to highlight and hone their improv skills,” Ball said.

The Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble concerts are open to students and the general public free of charge.  For more information about this and upcoming events at Concord University, please visit the Fine Arts Calendar:



Corey Lantz, a student in Concord University’s Public Relations Workshop, wrote this press release. He is from Buckhannon, W.Va.


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