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Department of Music to present Faculty Brass
Quintet, Brass X, Nov. 2
October 28, 2009 --
The Department of
Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present
the ASU Faculty Brass Quintet and Brass X in
concert on Monday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital
Hall, 114 S. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. The concert will feature ASU music faculty members Rob
Alley, Dr. Neale Bartee, Dr. Robin Dauer, Dr. Ron Horton, Dr. Ed Owen,
and Dr. Chris Wilson, as well as non-faculty members Derek Doyle and
Corey Emerson. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.
The concert will include performances of “The
Rejoicing” by Georg Friedrich Handel; “Quintet No. 3” by Victor Ewald;
“Brass Quintet” by Frank Lynn Payne; “Riding the Nuclear Tiger” by Ben
Allison; and “The View from Blue Mountain” and “Bowie” by Dave Douglas.
the music of composer/trumpeter Dave Douglas, Rob Alley created Brass X
as an opportunity to perform not only Douglas' compositions and select
covers of other current composers, but also to rework his own existing
compositions, and write new material inspired by this new format.
Douglas is arguably one of the most prolific and eclectic of all current
composers in the jazz tradition, constantly exploring new timbral
combinations. Alley sought to honor this diversity primarily by
utilizing groups of different instrumentation, rather than just by
playing Douglas’ compositions. Consequently, instrumentation is
flexible, always including a brass instrument, but varying additional
Trumpeter and composer Rob Alley was born and raised in Texas. His
multi-faceted professional career began at the age of 13. From wind
ensembles to symphony orchestras, from Salsa to straight-ahead jazz,
from soul to the avant-garde, he has covered the gamut of performing
styles. He has had the good fortune to perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Marvin
Stamm, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Diane Schuure, John Mosca, the
Temptations, the Four Tops, the O’Jays, Frankie Valli, and many others.
Although Rob continues to perform classically with symphony orchestras
across the southeast, his commitment to jazz and improvised music
continues to be his main passion. In Birmingham as a leader, he
conceived of a two-horn, bass, and drums quartet in tribute to Charles
Mingus and Thelonious Monk named “Mingusphere,” and leads “the
Rob Alley Conspiracy,” a group of varying sizes and instrumentations, to
explore his own compositions. In addition, he co-leads the improvisation
collective “Mean Smoker” with keyboardist Matthew Devine and New York
City-based drummer Jay Frederick. Rob currently lives in Jonesboro,
where he leads “the Rob Alley Trio,” runs “Rob Alley Musical
Productions,” and is adjunct professor of Music at ASU. He performs with
the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra regularly on both Masterworks concerts
and as the jazz chair for the Symphony’s Pops concerts and Big Band
engagements. Alley was recently honored with the Arkansas Arts Council’s
2007 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant.
Dr. Neale Bartee has guest-conducted trombone choirs in Illinois and
Ohio, and has been a trombone clinician in Arkansas, Missouri,
Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio. The ASU Trombone Choir has
performed at international festivals in Champaign, Ill. and Nashville,
Tenn. Bartee has performed with the American Trombone Choir in Finland,
Russia, and England. He is a member of the ASU Faculty Brass Quintet and
substitute trombonist with the Memphis Symphony. As founder and
conductor of the Delta Symphony Orchestra since 1975, he has performed
with internationally known guest artists, instituted Young Artists
Competitions for symphony soloists, conducted family concerts, organized
chamber concerts in the Delta, conducted opera, ballet, and musical
performances in Jonesboro. Bartee has guest-conducted the Conway Civic
Orchestra, the Batesville-Lyon College Orchestra, the North Arkansas All
region orchestra in Fort Smith, the Summer Youth Orchestra in
Bloomington, Indiana, and professional orchestras in Sibiu and
Rimnicu-Valcea, Romania. He and his wife Elaine were elected to the
Arkansas Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dr. Robin Dauer is professor of Music at Arkansas State University. He
teaches horn, music appreciation, conducts the horn ensemble and coaches
chamber music. He has also taught music fundamentals, theory, and
conducted the university orchestra. He is currently a member of the
Arkansas State University Faculty Brass and the Arkansas Symphony
Orchestra. He has performed with the U.S. Continental Army Band, the
Atlanta Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Smoky Mountain British
Brass Band, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. His solo commercial
recording releases include “Souvenir,”
French music for horn and piano, “Horn
Americana,” American music for horn and piano, and most
Hovhaness: Music for Horn, Voice, and Strings,” with the
Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. E. Ron Horton, director of Jazz Studies, joined Arkansas State
University in 2006. He currently directs ASU's premier jazz band, the
ASU Jazz Lab Band, and the ASU Pre-Collegiate Jazz Band. He teaches
private improvisation lessons. He also teaches the classes “Introduction
to Fine Arts and Music” and “Music Connections.” In addition to Jazz
Studies, Dr. Horton specializes in composition, arranging, and
ethnomusicology. He has studied with world-class educators and
performers such as Tony Smith (Wilmington, Del.), Jim Satcher
(Wilmington, Del.), Dan Haerle (University of North Texas), Mike Steinel
(University of North Texas), and Dr. Nathan Davis (University of
Pittsburgh). As a professional musician, he played lead trumpet, jazz,
solo, and was a clinician for the United States Air Force Band of the
West. He also was a teaching assistant and instructor for the University
of Pittsburgh. His performance experience includes jazz, big band,
rhythm and blues, classical, New Orleans Brass Band, and Latin styles.
Dr. Ed Owen is associate professor of Music at Arkansas State
University. His primary duties include teaching applied tuba and
euphonium, conducting the ASU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and Brass
Choir, and serving as graduate program supervisor. He currently performs
as principal tuba of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet,
the Delta Symphony Orchestra, and the ASU Brass Quintet. As a soloist,
he has appeared with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Delta Symphony
Orchestra, the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble, and the
Symphonic Bands of Arkansas Tech University, University of Illinois, and
Bryant High School. An active clinician, Dr. Owen is in demand for
master classes and clinics on brass performance and techniques. He has
studied tuba with Andy Anders and Mark Moore.
Dr. Chris Wilson is assistant professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State
University, where his duties include applied trumpet, trumpet methods,
coaching chamber music, and performing in the Arkansas State Faculty
Brass Quintet. His former teachers include Wiff Rudd, Steve Hendrickson,
Charles Daval, and Robert Bright. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Dr.
Wilson performed with the United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC.
While a member of the Air Force Band, he performed and taught clinics
throughout the United States and Japan, having recently been a tour
soloist performing the Arutunian “Trumpet
Concerto.” He has performed for numerous dignitaries and
audiences around the world, including Presidents George W. Bush and
Barack Obama. In 2004, he performed at the funeral of former President
Ronald Reagan. Live television broadcasts included a Veterans Day
Celebration at the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, Md., aired on
PBS in 2008, and Memorial Day at the National Capitol, also aired on PBS
in 2006 in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Additionally, Dr. Wilson has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, the
Annapolis Opera, the Maryland Symphony, the Alexandria Symphony, Concert
Artists of Baltimore, and the North Arkansas Symphony.
Corey Emerson holds an associate of arts degree in Music from
Three Rivers Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental
Education and a master’s degree in Music from Arkansas State University.
While pursuing his master’s degree, he conducted the ASU Pep Band
program. He has directed bands at Poplar Bluff High School in Poplar
Bluff, Mo. and Mammoth Spring High School in Mammoth Spring, Ark. He
currently holds the position of head band director at Hoxie High School
in Hoxie, Ark. Emerson enjoys playing trombone and bass professionally,
and has performed both locally and regionally in various styles such as
country, jazz, and rock. He has performed with jazz artists John Faddis
and Bob Mintzer. He was recently featured in the Jonesboro Occasions
Magazine for his musicianship.
Doyle recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science
from Arkansas State University. Originally from Poplar Bluff, Mo.., he
currently teaches drums and bass at Backbeat Music in Jonesboro.
Additionally, he performs each week with the Grant Garland Trio at Club
152 on Beale, Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.
--ASU Public Relations student intern Sara Hulett assisted in the
preparation, editing, and online design and formatting of this release.