Friday, February 11, 2005

The Appalachian Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Room 229 of Wallman Hall on the Fairmont State campus.

The program will consist of "Dance" by Wilke Renwick; Morley Calvert's Suite from the "Monteregian Hill"; "After You've Gone" by Creamer and Layton and arranged by Jack Gale; "Barnum & Bailey's Favorite" by Karl King; Julius Fucik's "Florentiner March", arranged by Jari A. Villanueva; "Four Movements for Five Brass" by Collier Jones; the third movement of Scarlatti's "Baroque Sonata", arranged by Stephen Dodgson; "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "A Foggy Day" by George Gershwin, arranged by Bill Holcombe.

Founded in 1989, the Appalachian Brass Quintet has performed as Artists-in-Residence and has served as clinicians at many of the colleges and universities throughout West Virginia. The repertoire is varied, permitting the ensemble a great deal of flexibility in performances in such places as West Virginia University, The Greenbrier Resort, Carnegie Hall (Lewisburg, W.Va.) and Tamarack.

Current members of the quintet are Joel Cotter, Andrew Scott, Harry Rich, Elaine Chapman and John Schooley.

Cotter, trumpet, is Director of the Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles and Assistant Director of Bands at Morgantown High School. He also serves on the faculty of West Virginia University as an adjunct professor of music and performs frequently as a freelance trumpeter the region.

Rich, trumpet, is a retired Associate Professor of Music from Glenville State College where he taught brass and music literature. He holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and Western Michigan University. His performance credits include the Mountain State Brass Band and the Smoot Theater Jazz Band.

Scott, horn, is Instrumental Music Director at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and Horn Instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Chapman, trombone, is Assistant Instrumental Music Director at Cheat Lake Middle School in Morgantown and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. degree at West Virginia University.

Schooley, tuba, is Professor of Music at Fairmont State, where he teaches low brass, music theory and music education. Schooley also composes for brass, woodwinds, voice and band and is owner of Heilman Music in West Virginia.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4169.