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Friday, April 28, 2006

The Sultry Sounds of Kent Ellison

Last Tuesday, the wind ensemble's concert took place. Prof. Day chose really great music. The difficulty level of the concert was incredible. The next to last song, "Blue Shades", was one of the best performances I've ever heard from a college ensemble. It was a high level 6 piece.

The song "We All Had Fun" was hilarious. Antics such as taking apart instruments while playing them, humming to the tune, and the finale of Jeffrey Moss throwing all types of things (e.g. a frisbee, a shoe, Animal from the Muppets, etc...) out of his tuba made this song a hit.

Dr. Spittal conducted the last song of the night - "Stars and Stripes Forever". Laurie Morton killed the flute solo.

The whole show was incredible.

Monday night, the SWU Jazz Band put on quite a show. The concert was entitled "Swingin and Springin". A Latin groove was introduced during "Open Sesame" (pronounced suh-same according to Prof Day) which caused all bodies in the house to move in very un-Wesleyan ways. "Ballin' the Jack" was a fun tune with some familiar Jazz riffs. Kent Ellison brought the crowd to tears with his stirring rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". The sultry sounds of that smooth sax sent all the spectators into sensory shock. Sorry ladies, he's taken. The night included many other great songs, but it was all wrapped up by the incredible Tim Lee. Tim brought the noise and played an Allman Brothers song with the band and then entertained us with a five-minute solo on his electric. His medley of classic favorites and folk songs was perfectly mixed with blues and classic rock riff transitions.

Two awesome concerts in a week. One more to go. Spring Pops concert tonight. Way to go SWU Fine Arts!


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