TTU Brass Arts Quintet to premiere new Danner piece on March 22

A TTU Brass Arts Quintet concert on March 22 will feature a world premiere performance of a new work by TTU composer-in-residence Greg Danner.

The performance, which will feature visiting professor of percussion Eric Willie, will be the highlight of the show, set for 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Titled “Serengheti,” Danner’s composition pays tribute to east central Africa and was inspired by photographs of the landscape and wildlife of the area. The composition exemplifies traditional West African instruments and rhythms.

Danner also puts a personal touch into his new work. “The composition is dedicated to the memory of our colleague Joseph Rasmussen, Tennessee Tech percussion instructor, who died this past August,” Danner said.

Other works to be performed included Bach’s, “Contrapunctus I,” “Bouncin’ Brass,” by TTU’s Chris McCormick, “Road Rage,” by TTU’s Joshua Hauser, and a work composed for the quintet by McCormick called “Donnaleanna.” It is in the combined style of Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” and the old standard “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

Members of the quintet are Charles Decker and Chris McCormick on trumpets, Greg Danner on horn, Joshua Hauser on trombone and Winston Morris on tuba.

Wattenbarger Auditorium is located inside the Bryan Fine Arts Building and the concert will be free and open to the public.