WLU Music Student Garners Acclaim

Joshua Garrett, a percussion performance major at West Liberty University has had one of his compositions for steel band selected for performance at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).  PASIC is the largest percussion event in the world featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations.  This year’s events will be held at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas from October 31 to November 3, 2012.  Garrett’s work will be featured during the performance showcase of new compositions for percussion.  Artists from all over the world are invited to come and perform pieces selected for their artistic and commercial merit by a panel of industry-leading performers, composers and publishers.  The selected compositions and arrangements are performed at the conference as outstanding examples of recently published works composed for the percussion medium. The Percussive Arts Society’s Percussive Notes reviewed two of Garrett’s compositions—Very Much (A Lot) and Distractions—both of which are published and distributed by Tapspace of Portland, Oregon (www.tapspace.com).  Composed in the summer of 2010, Very Much (A Lot), has been described as combining “…elements of medium-tempo mambo as well as straight-ahead rock creating a haunting, mysterioso effect.”   The reviewer enjoyed “the celebratory mood of the Afro-Cuban section,” of Distractions and described it as “a fun piece that is well crafted and a fresh addition to the steel band repertoire.” Joshua maintains an artist’s webpage on tapspace.com (www.tapspace.com/joshua-garrett/) where his music can be viewed, heard and purchased.  When not performing with West Liberty University ensembles, Joshua continues to compose and arrange for steel bands and percussion ensembles throughout the...

“Vive la France!” WLU Wind Ensemble at the Capitol Theater

On Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m., at the Capitol Theater in downtown Wheeling, the WLU Wind Ensemble will present a concert of works by French Romantic masters Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens. Berlioz’s enormous symphonic work for winds and percussion, Grand Funeral and Triumphant Symphony, will feature Patrick Garrett, esteemed Director of Bands at Wheeling Park High School, as the trombone soloist. Modern British composer Martin Ellerby celebrates his favorite “Continental” city in Paris Sketches. As has been the tradition this year, the ensemble will also program a relatively obscure work by John Philip Sousa, The King of France March; a work full of humor that quotes the famous nursery rhyme. The Wind Ensemble, WLU’s elite instrumental ensemble, will also be joined by guests from Ritchie County High School, under the direction of Dr. Scott Tignor (also a WLU Adjunct Instructor). The Ritchie County HS Band will perform several works on their own and join forces with the WLU Wind Ensemble for a combined work Cajun Folksongs. This work celebrates the musical traditions of America’s only remaining pocket of French-speaking citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Ticketmaster...

4th Annual Tri-State Select Honor Band (Nov 19-21 2009)

Regional band directors and instrumental educators are now welcome to begin online student nominations to the 2009 edition of the Tri-State Select Honor Band.  In only three years this festival has established a reputation for providing deserving high school band students from the region outstanding opportunities to grow in this intensive workshop-type ensemble. Students work for three days with clinicians of the highest caliber as well as many of the finest collegiate musicians from the region. This rewarding experience will bring energy, excitement, and renewed commitment to the home high school band.  Visit the Tri-State website or contact host Dr. Matthew Inkster for further...