TTU's Fall Trumpet Festival Slated for November

Fall is a time to take notice of nature and things of beauty--including the sound of trumpets during Tennessee Technological University's music and art department's Fall Trumpet Festival '97. The 16th annual festival is designed to showcase the talents of Tennessee Tech faculty, students and alumni in solo performances and brass ensemble music ranging from classic jazz to concertos.

The concert schedule includes the following programs: Monday, Nov. 3: A program of classic jazz will be performed by Tennessee Tech director of jazz studies and trumpeter Chris McCormick, with faculty members Wayne Peagram on saxophone, Frederick Kennedy on piano, Tennessee Tech alumnus Scott Corey on drums and senior music major Josh Wright on bass. The quintet will perform works including "All the Things You Are" and "When You Wish Upon a Star" at 7 p.m.

A recital of solo works, including compositions for the trumpet by Haydn, Risagger, Hummel and others, will be performed by students of trumpet professor Charles Decker at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 4: A faculty recital by Decker and pianist Joy Rachor will begin at 7:30 p.m. They will be joined by Tennessee Tech trombone professor Kevin Chiarizzio and Tennessee Tech alumnus trumpeter Shelby Lewis, who has toured with the Notre Dame University Concert Band. The program includes Baroque concertos for two trumpets and a 1904 piece for the cornet by the soloist Herbert L. Clarke who played for the John Phillip Sousa Band.

A solo recital by students performing music by European and Russian composers will begin at 8:45 p.m. Pianists Yoshimi Trumble and Sandra Robbins will accompany the students.

Wednesday, Nov. 5: Junior music education major Jesse West, accompanied by Yoshimi Trumble, will present a solo recital at 7 p.m. Works performed will include Haydn's "Concerto," Bozza's "Caprice" and Clarke's "Carnival of Venice."

The Tennessee Tech Faculty Brass Quintet presents a concert of 20th century works for brass at 8 p.m. Joining the ensemble will be Joy Rachor, organist; Gregory Danner, hornist and chairperson of the Tennessee Tech music and art department; Heidi Chiarizzio, trombonist; and trumpeter Shelby Lewis. Works to be performed include Dupre's "Heroic Poem" for brass and organ and the new transcription of the Bartok "Rumanian Dances" as adapted for brass quintet by former Tennessee Tech music professor Alfred Bartles.

Thursday, Nov. 6: "Class Brass," a student brass quintet, will perform works including Bach fugues and the jazz classic "Ain't Misbehavin'" at 7:30 p.m. Group members are Doug Clark and Bryan Crisp on trumpet, Megan Taliaferro on horn, Chris Seeger on trombone and Scott Beaver on tuba.

The Fall Trumpet Festival '97 concludes with a concert at 8:30 p.m. by the Tennessee Tech Trumpet Ensemble directed by Decker. The group will present music ranging from traditional fanfares to concert works and includes the premieres of two new arrangements for trumpet ensemble, "Kyrie," by Anton Bruckner and "Summon the Heroes," by Academy Award winning composer John Williams. This piece was used for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

"All those who enjoy listening to a variety of brass music, from concertos to jazz classics by solo performers and brass ensembles up to 20 performers, will find Fall Trumpet Festival '97 an exciting week," said Charles Decker, festival coordinator and professor of music at Tennessee Tech.

For more information, call the department of music and art at 372-3161. Photo cutline -- The Tennessee Tech trumpeters are enthused about the Fall Trumpet Festival '97. The 16th annual event will be held from Monday, Nov. 3, to Thursday, Nov. 6.