The Adventure Begins for Tech Musicians

Members of the Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble departed from Witherspoon Hall on Tuesday morning to begin a six-day excursion that will yield the newest addition to the institution’s sizable legacy in musical excellence.

The ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, March 22. It will mark the seventh CBDNA performance by an Arkansas Tech concert band.

Along the way, the Tech musicians will offer performances at Fort Smith Northside High School and Allen High School (Texas).

Members of the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble for spring 2018 are: Ger Vang, Abigail Suiter, Miranda Kraus, Hannah Capper and Meeka Smith (flute and piccolo); Hannah Pace and Hannah Cochran (oboe and English horn); Jackie Seres and Blake Marshall (bassoon and contrabassoon); Kaela Thompson, Megan Garrett, Anna Shelton, Shelby Horne, Emily McFadin and Trevor Guiltner (Eb and Bb clarinets); Jordan Ladyman, Riley Young and Emily McFadin (low clarinets); Jarod Apple, Manuel Valente, Tina Christiansen, Jordan Davis and Cole Birmingham (saxophones); Brian Wyatt, Megan Mounce, Garrett Napier, Garreth Atwell, Sierra Visger and Kimberly Hilliard (horn); Dalton Snow, David Hall, Trevor Gould, Armando Gutierrez, Gavin Richardson and Dillon Green (Bb and C trumpets); Jacob Hawkins, Holden Jones and Noah Ward (trombone); Riley Kelley (bass trombone); Corey Nolan and Jamie Williams (euphonium); Abby Few and Michael Barker (tuba); Ian Neiswender, Connor Skelly, Sean McGinnis, Shane Phillips, Bryan Torres, Alexis Harris and Ethan Nooner (percussion); Hauna Gardner (piano and celesta); Brett Kelley and Bryson Jones (contrabass); and Anna Cooney and Danielle Harmon (harp).

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, associate professor of music and director of bands at ATU, conducts the Arkansas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Read more about the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s CBDNA adventure.