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UC Jazz Ensemble Presents Concert


Williamsburg, Ky. - On Thursday, April 4th, University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Jazz Ensemble presented an exciting concert in the Nell Moore Recital Hall located in the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center on the UC campus.

Directed by David Threlkeld, the group prepared and performed pieces including “Hard Right”, “When You’re Smiling”, and “Afro Blue”.

The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of students from all over campus; many of them are not music majors. Soloists throughout the night included Daniel Upchurch (Corbin, Ky.) on alto saxophone, Nicky Howard on trumpet, Logan Butler (Albany, Ky.) on tenor and soprano saxophone, Dylan Brown (London, Ky.) on trumpet, Martin Jones on baritone saxophone, Zach Shannon (Somerset, Ky.) on bass trombone, and David Threlkeld on alto saxophone.

A recent addition to the Jazz Ensemble includes voices along with instruments in the performance. Two of UC’s very own music students, Marissa Hedrick (London, Ky.) and Dalton Hutton (Mt. Vernon, Ky.), both sophomores, were asked to sing for the concert. Marissa sang two pieces titled, “Every Day” by Peter Chatman, and “Skyfall” by the hit artist, Adele. Dalton sang the popular Jazz song, “Busted” by Ray Charles. The combination of voice and instrumentalists in the jazz setting was a huge hit.

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 and Athletic Services Student Assistant