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Wind Symphony Concerto Competition scheduled

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Fine and Performing Arts will hold its Wind Symphony Concerto Competition Saturday (Nov. 13) at the Pottle Music Recital Hall.
     Featuring some of the university’s top student musicians, the 7:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Winners of the competition will be featured at the university’s spring Wind Symphony concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in April.
     “This is a great opportunity for the winners because it is something they could add to their resumes,” said student Durand Jones of the university’s Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity, which is sponsoring the competition. “It’s something that is not usually opened to underclassmen at other universities.”
     Contestants are music majors Vitalie Gumeniuc of Moldova, alto saxophone; Dana Hudson of Delhi, flute; Justin Pardue of Walker, trombone; Joshua Pardue of Walker, trumpet; and Zakkary Garner, music education major from Natalbany, alto saxophone. Also participating in the competition is a trumpet trio consisting of music education majors: Thomas Huckaby of Greenwell Springs, David Will of Hammond, and David Kraus, of Mandeville.
     Jones said judges include Southeastern alumnus and band director of Westside Middle School Tren Ingolia; Steve Wilson, assistant band and percussion instructor director at Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Houma; and Dottie Smith, president of the Baton Rouge Music Club.

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