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University of the Cumberlands Jazz Ensemble Hosts Fall Concert


Williamsburg, Ky., - On Tuesday, October 30th, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. David Threlkeld, performed their fall concert. The music for the event varied from composers Paul Clark to Victor Lopez and provided huge insight to what the style of jazz really is compared to other styles of music. The event was considered a convocation event which invited students outside of the music program to experience a taste of what is going on outside their major field of study.

While this concert takes place very year, a twist of events happened when sophomore music major, Dalton Hutton provided vocals to Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II’s, Oh, What A Beautiful Morning, and Sam Theard & Fleecie Moore’s, Let the Good Times Roll. Hutton was the winner of last year’s Cumberland Idol event and as a guest vocalist in the concert, he was a huge hit!

Future plans for the group this semester include a concert for Williamsburg High School music students, a trip to the Knoxville, Tenn. area to perform at select high schools, a concert for members of the SKMA All-Festival High School Honor Band which will be held on November 19th at 4:00 p.m., and a recording session for a video that will be posted on the Jazz Ensemble web-site.

The UC Jazz Ensemble is an exciting seventeen-piece big band that performs music from a variety of styles including straight-ahead swing, funk, Latin, ballads, bebop and fusion. Under the direction of Mr. David 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 and the members frequently represent a variety of major fields of study.

Each year the Jazz Ensemble hosts guest clinicians and soloists who are recognized among the finest names in jazz performance and education. Past guest artists include Greg Abate, Dominic Spera, Rande Sanderbeck, David Ridenour, Rick Simerly, Bob Bryant, John Willmarth and Jamey Aebersold.

For more information about the Jazz Ensemble or the High School Jazz Clinic, contact David Threlkeld at (606) 539-4334 or

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; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Kyla Edmondson, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant