JSU Steel Band performs mainstream music

The David L. Walters Department of Music hosted the Jacksonville State Latin Ensemble and Steel Band concert Tuesday night. It began at 7:30 p.m. and was held in the Performance Center of Mason Hall.
Dr. Andy Nevala and Dr. Tony McCutchen direct the Latin Ensemble.
The nine-person ensemble performed four pieces including “Isn’t She Lovely” which was made famous by Stevie Wonder, “No More Trouble” by Bob Marley, “Sunrise Prince” by Dave Gregoric, and a finale of “Come Together,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
“No More Trouble” was arranged by co-director Andy Nevala and “Come Together” was arranged by the JSU Latin Ensemble.
Sophomore Grant Walker played the alto saxophone in the Latin band, and he said the most enjoyable thing was when the band got to go to New Orleans a few weeks ago. “It was so much fun,” Walker said.
Two of the pieces were recorded last year, and two of them were from their trip to New Orleans.
After a brief intermission, the JSU band took the stage, starting with a ten-minute piece entitled “From Beyond,” written by Winston Scarborough. It featured many key changes, and according to freshman Kevin Geeter, it was the hardest piece to play.
“I didn’t sign up for this at the beginning of the semester. Someone had to drop the class, and it opened a spot up. I came in a month behind everyone else,” he said. “It’s my first time doing it.”
Geeter said he plans to continue to play in the Steel Band. “It’s so much fun.”
Other pieces performed by the Steel Band include “Rosanna” by David Paich and “Nightwatch” by Mark Ford.
The program concluded as both bands joined to perform “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars.
Director Tony McCutchen arranged “Rosanna” and “Runaway Baby” for the groups.
The Department of Music will host more concerts within the next few weeks. A free Percussion Ensemble concert will be next Wednesday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Center of Mason Hall. This concert will feature music arranger Frank Ford, who will also be in attendance.
Another concert will be April 7 at 7 p.m. It will take place at the Oxford Performing Arts Center in Oxford, Al. It will feature Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band. It is in memory of LCPL USMC Squire Wells.

Alissa Camplin
Staff Reporter

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