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Jazz Ensemble performs concert for Relay for Life


Williamsburg, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands (UC) music department presented a Jazz Ensemble concert on March 6th, 2012 at the Nell Moore Recital Hall in order to raise money for Relay for Life. Team UC Music was accepting donations at the door prior to the start of the program.

The UC Jazz ensemble features a blend of several brass instruments including saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass, drums, and piano, all played by students from the UC campus. The ensemble was directed by UC professor David Threlkeld. Several different numbers were included in this performance ranging from C’mon Back written by Lennie Niehaus to Attitude Dance written by Stephen Kupka, Emilio Castillo, and Mark Taylor.

Director David Threlkeld explained, “One thing a lot of people don’t know that differentiates Jazz from other musical styles is that it is really spontaneous. Many times soloists will make up the arrangement on the spot. The chorus is often the only part of the song that is prewritten.”

The UC Jazz Ensemble is a seventeen piece band that performs music from a variety of styles including straight-ahead swing, funk, Latin, ballads, bebop, and fusion. Under the direction of Threlkeld, this entertaining unit performs often on campus and throughout the southeastern United States. The ensemble is open not only to music majors, but to all UC students. The members frequently represent a variety of major fields of study.

During UC’s annual Relay for Life Event on Friday, March 23, 2012, Team UC Music will be on hand participating in the cause and paying tribute to all those who battle with the disease.

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 study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.