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    ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble Releases Recording

    ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble March 2020Image of ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble March 2020
    File photo from an Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance in March 2020.

    There is a new and unprecedented opportunity to hear Arkansas Tech University's premier instrumental ensemble from the comfort of one's home or the convenience of one's car.

    Record label Tonsehen has made the first professionally recorded and internationally released compact disc of instrumental music by Arkansas Tech students. The recording includes ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble performances of "Symphony No. 2" by James Syler and "the softest breath" by Roy Magnuson.

    Copies of the CD are available for $9.99 by visiting

    The CD is also available by contacting the ATU Department of Music at (479) 968-0368.

    Streaming service Spotify has made the recording available to its listeners. It is anticipated it will soon become available on iTunes.

    The recordings were made Nov. 22-23, 2019, at Witherspoon Auditorium on the ATU campus in Russellville. Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, director of bands and professor of music, is conductor of the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

    “I’m profoundly proud and grateful for our students, faculty and the folks at Tonsehen records who made this recording possible," said Belongia. "It’s a significant achievement, and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my incredible students, colleagues, alumni and community support. I sincerely hope that this recording is enjoyed by all those who hear it and that it serves as a musical scrapbook and point of pride for all those involved.”

    Christian Amonson, retired U.S. Marine Band recording engineer, captured the recordings with aid from producers Dr. Jim Daughters and Dr. TJ Perry of the ATU Department of Music faculty as well as Syler and Magnuson. Neil Brown oversaw the audio post production and Shelley Goldstein provided graphic design.

    Proceeds from the sale of the CDs will be invested in the further development of the instrumental music program at Arkansas Tech.

    Performers who appear on the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble recording include:

    Ger Vang of Decatur
    Anna Shain of Paragould
    Diana Nava of Russellville
    Miranda Kraus of Russellville
    Meeka Smith of Muldrow, Okla.

    Oboe/English Horn
    Hannah Cochran of Russellville
    Grace Davis of Cabot
    Sarah Hooten of Russellville

    Anna Bloodworth of Russellville
    Megan McGinnis of Van Buren

    Kaela Thompson of Berryville
    Anna Shelton of Cabot
    Piper Turner of Van Buren
    Jessica Garrett of Little Rock
    Morgan Bates of Cabot
    Megan Garrett of Little Rock
    Corrigan Burkett of Springdale

    Low Clarinets
    Shelby Horne of Greenwood
    Piper Turner of Van Buren

    Manuel Valente of Van Buren
    Jordan Davis of DeWitt
    Cole Birmingham of Russellville
    Patricia Tobar of Rogers
    Tina Christiansen of Van Buren

    Garrett Napier of Greenwood
    Sierra Visger-Napier of Clarksville
    Jimmy Rhine of Cabot
    Isaac Deaver of Fort Smith

    David Hall of Cabot
    Tyler Loretz of Castle Pines, Colo.
    Triston Goss of Van Buren
    Kiera Klein of Cabot
    Malcolm Penka of Dover
    Sanders Hilburn of Cabot
    Josh Martin of Hot Springs

    Jacob Hawkins of Cabot
    Kaleb Collins of Springdale
    Noah Ward of DeWitt
    Billy Brown of Rogers

    Bass Trombone
    Riley Kelley of Russellville

    Corey Nolan of Russellville
    Ian Quinn of Green Forest

    Michael Barker of Van Buren
    Avery Langston of El Dorado
    Katie Rodriguez of Russellville

    Ian Neiswender of Cabot
    Ethan Nooner of Hot Springs
    Bryan Torres of Rogers
    Adam Chasteen of Maumelle
    Allison Spears of Van Buren
    Bo Hamilton of Atkins
    Alexis Harris of Dover
    Blaed Walters of Muldrow, Okla.

    Hauna Gardner of Dover

    Tandem Young of Dover

    Learn more about the ATU Department of Music at