Brass in the Clouds Set for Sept. 18

Musicians from Arkansas Tech University will provide an evening of entertainment at one of the Arkansas River Valley’s most beautiful points of interest on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The seventh annual Brass in the Clouds concert, which is co-sponsored by Mount Nebo State Park and the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Nebo’s Sunset Point. The public is invited to attend.

The annual event showcases the talents of the Arkansas Tech Brass Choir. The performance will last until sundown.

Dr. Gary Barrow, professor of music at Arkansas Tech, serves as the brass choir director.

“This year’s show is a pops concert, featuring a variety of music for brass fans of all ages,” said Barrow.

The Arkansas Tech Brass Choir will perform two marches: “Pride of the Illini” and “Funiculi Funicula.” Other pieces will include the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Flora” from a collection of pieces called “Three Brass Cats.”

This year’s Brass in the Clouds will also provide local music fans with an opportunity to hear the new director of the Arkansas Tech Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Dayl Burnett, perform.

Burnett, who has performed with legends such as Aretha Franklin and Paul McCartney, will join the Arkansas Tech Brass Choir for what Barrow described as “a very modern arrangement” of the song “Stardust.”

Members of the 2011-12 Arkansas Tech Brass Choir include:

  • Tyler Bevil of Beebe, Trombone
  • Sean Irvin of Cabot, Trombone
  • Patrick Mahoney of Alma, Trombone
  • Zach Whitworth of Alma, Trombone
  • Shelly Counts of Searcy, Horn
  • Kelci Litterell of Springdale, Horn
  • Dustin Horton of Mountain Home, Horn
  • Lauren Reynolds of Searcy, Horn
  • Christina Koch of Morrilton, Trumpet
  • Cassie Loy of Hot Springs, Trumpet
  • Adam Matejek of Mena, Trumpet
  • Hayley Watson of Magnet Cove, Trumpet
  • Ryan Matejek of Mena, Tuba

For more information about Brass in the Clouds and other public performances by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368.

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