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Hinds CC Music Department to host U.S. Air Force brass quintet
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02 October

Hinds CC Music Department to host U.S. Air Force brass quintet

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Music Department will host Gateway Brass, a component of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Vashti Underwood Muse Band Hall.

Gateway Brass

Gateway Brass

The performance is from 11 a.m. to noon and is free and open to the public. Contact Hinds Music Department Chair Shane Sprayberry at 601.857.3273 or jssprayberry@hindscc.edu for more information.

Gateway Brass is a brass quintet with percussion which showcases military professionalism at Department of Defense ceremonies and entertaining public functions throughout the Gulf Coast region on behalf of the Air Force. The virtuoso group of active duty airman musicians perform musical styles spanning five centuries.

The ensemble is based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. All enlisted airmen must first pass through JBSA-Lackland, making it known as “The Gateway to the Air Force”, which became the inspiration for the group’s name.

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Centennial-themed concert strikes high note with alum’s composition
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06 April

Centennial-themed concert strikes high note with alum’s composition

RAYMOND — Part of the music for the occasion of Hinds’ Centennial comes courtesy of a budding composer whose talent was arranged on the Raymond Campus.

Tonight’s Centennial concert features the Hinds Wind and Percussion ensembles, the Delta State University Wind Ensemble, and a combined brass band between the two schools. The program also features a work by that talented young composer, Warren Ertle, who earned a degree from Hinds in 2012. His piece is titled “Beneath the Magnolias” and was commissioned by Music Chair and Director of Bands Shane Sprayberry last spring. As Ertle puts it, it has a “Mississippi theme.”

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle

“The instrumentation is for a full wind ensemble. Anyone who’s been around Hinds for any length of time can be prepared to be entertained by it,” Ertle said. “It’s got high energy in some parts, but also has slower lyrical parts. It has about everything you’d want in a five-minute piece.”

Works by nationally-known composer/musicians Ivan Trevino and Kevin McKee round out the program. The music starts at 7 p.m. in Hogg Auditorium at Cain-Cochran Hall. Admission is free.

The concert is but another way Ertle’s composition talents have been put “out there” in the classical music world. His compositions for piano and marimba have been performed by some of the best in Mississippi, including the Jackson Metropolitan Chamber orchestra and the Mississippi College Symphonic Winds.

The Terry native credits his time in the Eagle bands for helping turn a budding passion for music into a career pursuit.

“A lot of folks just try to get their core credits out the way at Hinds or any community college,” he said. “But, I didn’t – I declared music as my subject right from day one. The music department will help guide you along the way, even if you’re just starting out and not sure about music. They can guide students and help them figure out whether music is for them or not.”

A prized pupil’s work was a natural choice when it came time to commission a piece for the Centennial Concert program.

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Warren Ertle sits at the piano

“Warren is an amazingly talented musician and composer,” Sprayberry said. “It was an honor to have him as a member of the Hinds Eagle Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Music Department.”

After Hinds, Ertle joined the Mississippi Army National Guard and spent two years with the Army’s Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Ill. Last year, Ertle finished his bachelor’s degree in music at Mississippi College.

These days, he works at Jackson Prep accompanying the school’s show choirs on piano while staying in good musical shape taking composition classes at Mississippi College while working toward a master’s degree. His musical chops stay sharp as a pianist and percussionist for the 41st Army Band in Jackson. His fiancé, mezzo-soprano Jamie Ferguson, is pursuing hers at the Boston Conservatory.

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Hinds CC Music Department to present series of concerts for college Centennial
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28 March

Hinds CC Music Department to present series of concerts for college Centennial

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Music Department will present a series of concerts in April in celebration of the college’s 100th anniversary this year.

The first, on Tuesday, April 4, features the Hinds Concert Band, Steel Drum Band and Percussion Ensemble 2, under the direction of Ben Bullock, assistant Director of Bands, and Paul Heindl, Music Instructor.

To be featured by concert players includes “Rhumba Sincopada” by James Ployhar, music from the film “How to Train Your Dragon” and an arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony #3.”

The percussion ensemble will perform “Three Brothers” by Michael Colgrass and “Ruska” by Apocalyptica. Steel Band players will do five pieces, “Pepita’s Dance”, by Julie Hill; “Flag Woman”, by Aldwyn Roberts and arranged by Lisa Rogers; “Volcano”, by Buffett, Sykes, Dailey and arranged by Kirk Gay; “Mo Java”, by Lalo Davila; and “Sunset”, by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and arranged by Evan Brubaker.

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

The second, on Thursday, April 6, features the Hinds Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and the Delta State University Wind Ensemble. Both are free and open to the public and start at 7 p.m. in Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Pieces for the fuller ensembles on stage in the second concert include composer Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and percussionist/composer Ivan Trevino’s “Reflector”. Also, Dr. Josh Armstrong, assistant band director and percussion instructor at DSU, joins Hinds’ percussion studio on “Flow”, also by Trevino. The DSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Erik Richards, will perform works by H.L. Clarke, Igor Stravinsky, Giacomo Puccini, and Gustav Holst.

“We are pleased to host Drs. Richards, Armstrong and the Delta State Wind Ensemble for this momentous occasion,” said Shane Sprayberry, chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Hinds. “Many Hinds graduates have been a part of the band at DSU over the years and it’s only fitting that they join us in this celebration.”

Commissioned specifically for the college’s yearlong Centennial celebration is “Beneath the Magnolias,” to be premiered April 6 by the Hinds Wind Ensemble. The piece is composed by Hinds and Mississippi College alumnus Warren Ertle, a Terry native and budding composer.

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle

Other works on the April 6 program include compositions by Claude T. Smith, John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger and Ola Gjeilo.

Members of the Hinds band have continued a rich tradition of excellence during and after their education. That includes participation in USA Honor Band, All-South Honor Band and the Mississippi All-State Lions Band, as well as memberships in internationally-known drum corps such as Phantom Regiment, Spirit of Atlanta, Blue Devils, Blue Coats, Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Troopers and Madison Scouts, among others.

Performances by Hinds’ bands and ensembles in recent years includes the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago in 2012, the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014 in Normandy and Paris, and various other performances in cities all over the world.

The band department at Hinds offers generous service awards to all talented musicians. In addition, students may audition for Music Major scholarships. For more information on scholarships and auditions, contact Sprayberry at 601.857.3273 or at jssprayberry@hindscc.edu, or visit www.hindscc.edu/band.

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Hinds CC students to participate in inaugural Mississippi Intercollegiate Honor Band
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20 March

Hinds CC students to participate in inaugural Mississippi Intercollegiate Honor Band

RAYMOND – Sixteen members of the Hinds Community College band are among students from a dozen state institutions of higher learning who have been selected to participate in the inaugural Mississippi Intercollegiate Honor Band.

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

The event is March 23-25 at Hinds’ Raymond Campus and includes three days of rehearsal culminating with a concert 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in Hogg Auditorium at Cain-Cochran Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participating students were selected by audition earlier this year. Hinds students in the band are:

  • Kaleel Brown, of Jackson, trumpet
  • Reid Browning, of Pearl, percussion
  • Sean Collins, of Florence, percussion
  • Lindsey Garcia, of Pearl, clarinet
  • Cody Gardner, of Vicksburg, percussion
  • Tanner Gardner, of Vicksburg, trumpet
  • Madalyn Harkness, of Ecru, alto saxophone
  • Riley Irwin, of Florence, trombone
  • Jennifer Keeter, of Jackson, clarinet
  • Matthew Lewis, of Silver Creek, percussion
  • Blake Lowman, of Brandon, French horn
  • Patricia Nance, of Florence, trumpet
  • Hudson Poole, of Crystal Springs, percussion
  • Cole Smith, of Florence, percussion
  • Raven Turbeville, of Pearl, French horn
  • Destinee Waldrep, of Vicksburg, flute

In addition to Hinds, the state collegiate honor band participants represent Blue Mountain College, Delta State University, Itawamba Community College, Jones County Junior College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

Over the course of the clinic, the students will receive instruction from guest clinician Ray Cramer, Indiana University professor and director of bands emeritus.

“We’re honored to host this inaugural event on the Raymond Campus,” said Shane Sprayberry, chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Hinds. “Our students will benefit greatly from rehearsing and performing with other musicians from colleges all over the state. It’s equally exciting to have Ray Cramer visit our campus. He is such a wonderful teacher and mentor to many band directors and students all over the United States.”

For additional concert information, call 601.857.3273 or visit www.hindscc.edu/band.

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Byram brass man new assistant in Hinds CC Eagle Band
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27 August

Byram brass man new assistant in Hinds CC Eagle Band

RAYMONDThe Hinds Eagle Band’s newest assistant has a love for music that grew out of another traditional youth activity.

“I had an older friend in my Boy Scout troop who played trumpet,” Bullock said. “I thought it was cool, so I decided to do it, too.”

Ben Bullock of Byram began July 1 as the band’s newest assistant director. He succeeds Robert Cheesman, who retired. He also instructs the high brass section of marching and concert bands at Hinds, which includes the trumpet and French horn players.

New assistant band director Ben Bullock.

New assistant band director Ben Bullock.

A Tupelo native, he came to Hinds Community College from Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch. Previously, he directed and assisted bands at Milam Intermediate School in Tupelo and Kosciusko Middle School.

He holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi. His master’s is also from USM, in trumpet performance.

Bullock will work to develop the high brass studio, or section, in the concert, marching and jazz bands, Band Director Shane Sprayberry said, adding this year’s band features about 150 members.

Recruiting high school musicians who want to carry their tunes to college is job one for both men.

“I want to make Hinds a sort of place where people who will major in this will want to come here,” Bullock said. “I’d like to make it grow.”

This year’s Eagle Marching Band show is “Seasons of Love” featuring: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, When A Man Loves A Woman (1992 Blue Devils arrangement), Love Drunk and Seasons of Love/Finale from RENT.

The band performs, along with the Hinds Hi-Steppers precision dance team, at each home football game, Aug. 27, Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and homecoming on Oct. 15 as well as numerous other parades and performances.

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Hinds CC assistant band director Mapes stays on state touring artist list
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13 July

Hinds CC assistant band director Mapes stays on state touring artist list

RAYMOND – The Hinds CC band’s top assistant will remain the group’s resident artist with the state.

Randy K. Mapes, of Clinton, has been approved by the Mississippi Arts Commission for renewed listing on the Mississippi Touring Artist Roster. Mapes, who began at Hinds in 1995, will be listed on the roster for the next three years along with many of the state’s finest musicians, artists, dancers, and actors.

Roster status allows local nonprofit organizations such as arts councils, museums, schools and libraries to apply for minigrants through the Mississippi Arts Commission.

For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.

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Hinds CC Wind Ensemble to perform 2 concerts
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10 February

Hinds CC Wind Ensemble to perform 2 concerts

The Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble will perform two programs in preparation for the group’s trip to France in May. The concert will include patriotic selections and works by Mississippi composers.

The Hinds Wind Ensemble will perform in France May 14-21 through the American Celebration of Music in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense. This concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary “Commemorations of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France.” Invited music ensembles will be recognized in France for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Fifty-two Hinds students and eleven faculty will make the trip to France for three performances by the Hinds Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Brass Quintet.

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The first concert is 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. Selections include John Williams’ “The Star Spangled Banner,” which was composed for the 2004 Rose Bowl; “Solas Ane” by Samuel Hazo; “Beyond Whistler” by Ralph Ford; “Chant Funeraire” by Gabrielle Faure, commissioned by the French government for the centenary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death; “On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss” by David Holsinger and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

The second concert is 7 p.m. April 24, also at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. The selections are “Crown Imperial” by William Walton, arranged by W.J. Duthoit; “Hymn to the Fallen”, from “Saving Private Ryan”, by John Williams; “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland; Columbia-Eagle March by Mississippi composer James Sclater; “Savor the Last Dance” by Mississippi composer Tyler Griffin and “One Life Beautiful” by Julie Giroux.

Admission is $5 each for the concerts

For more information on the Hinds Community College band, see www.hindscc.edu/band

For more information on the American Celebration of Music, see http://www.musiccelebrations.com/international/france.html

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