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UC PRISM concert presented to SKMA


Williamsburg, Ky. - A variety concert was presented by the University of the Cumberlands' (UC) Music Department's PRISM to the Southeast Kentucky Music Association (SKMA) of middle school and high school band directors and their students on November 25th on UC’s campus.

PRISM represents the many facets of the Music Department, hence the name PRISM which has many facets. The concert gave middle school and high school students a glimpse at the inner workings of UC's Music Department.

"The performances also serve as a recruiting tool for us in an effort to continually build our program into the future," said David Threlkeld, professor of music at UC.

The young students heard from the UC Jazz Ensemble, UC Symphonic Winds, and watched the UC Color Guard perform. They heard a range of classic as well as newer music.

The UC Jazz Ensemble played "The Beat Goes On," "Charade," and "Michelangelo." Michael Bublé's "Fever" was sung as a duet by Marissa Hedrick and Dalton Hutton to the UC Jazz Ensemble's music.

The SKMA students had the opportunity to see the UC Color Guard perform up close on stage to "Pegasus" which is usually performed alongside the Patriots' Marching Band.

The UC Symphonic Winds which is composed of UC students, community members, and high school students performed "Symphonic Winds Symphonic Suite," and "Carrickfergus" an Irish folk tune arranged by Carroll Gotcher who was also the guest soloist on baritone horn. The concert ended with the overture "Joy Revisited."

"It presents our groups to the attending high school music students which will expose them to high levels of musical performances that will enhance their depth of musical understanding," said Threlkeld.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit