Wayne State College

Music Genres Merge with Holiday Carols for Brass, Percussion Concert

Published Friday, November 17th, 2023

The concert, free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Ramsey Theatre.

Classical, jazz, Latin groove, and holiday carols merge at the Wayne State College Brass and Percussion Ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. The concert, free and open to the public, will be in Ramsey Theatre, located in the Peterson Fine Arts Building.

The concert will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, visit www.wsc.edu/watch-live. The program will be accessible by selecting the event from the Music Events list at www.wsc.edu/music.

The Brass Knuckles Quintet features a thrilling rendition of “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman. It is arranged by Wayne State students Dalton Hazel of Papillion and Dusty Butler of Alda. Arrangements by G. E. Holmes govern the Trumpet Ensemble repertoire, including the well-known hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and the familiar “Theme from Ninth Symphony.” Both ensembles are directed by Michael Genslinger, instructor of music at Wayne State.

The Low Brass Choir, directed by Dr. Josh Calkin, and the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Brad Weber, round out the performance. The Percussion Ensemble delivers the syncopated rhythm of “Excalibur” by Chris Brooks and “Sweet Rio” by Arthur Lipner, as well as “Carols for Percussion” arranged by Richard Baller. Calkin is a professor of music and director of bands at Wayne State, and Weber is an adjunct instructor of percussion.

For more information, contact the Wayne State Department of Music at 402-375-7359.