FMU Winter Band Concert, Visions of Lights
The Francis Marion University Concert Band will present its winter concert, Visions of Lights 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at The FMU Performing Arts Center. Come out and enjoy this uplifting bright concert in the middle of the cold, dark, dreary winter. The concert will feature trumpet soloist, Spencer Nance and West Florence HS Band Student, Coleman Wright on Saxophone. Concerts last 45-60 minutes without an intermission.
Spencer Nance, attended Spartanburg High School and was involved in All-State Band, All-State Jazz Band, and All-State Orchestra as well as very active in participating in the First Baptist North Spartanburg Orchestra. Spencer attended Furman University from 2008-2012 earning a bachelor degree in Music Education. While at Furman he was involved in all facets of the music program including the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Basketball band. Nance then moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to receive his masters in Trumpet Performance from the University of Alabama. While he was at Alabama he participated in several ensembles along with his work as a graduate assistant to the Million Dollar Band. Upon graduating from Alabama he took a job teaching music and band at Wallace Elementary Middle School in Wallace, SC. Spencer continues to play trumpet professionally as much as possible with appearances with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, ACT Theater of Tuscaloosa, and the Francis Marion concert band. When asked about participating in the FMU Concert Band as a community member Nance said, “I enjoy playing with the Francis Marion concert band because it gives me another outlet to perform and an opportunity to continue to play trumpet.”Nance will be featured on Over the Rainbow, From the Wizard of Oz.
Coleman Wright is soloing on alto saxophone on Jay Bocook’s piece, Illuminations. Coleman is a junior at West Florence High School. He earned 1st Chair in the 2014-15 9-10th Grade South Carolina All-State Band. Wright is a member of the WFHS Marching Knights, WF Concert Band and has performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Coleman says he chose the saxophone because his mother also played saxophone when she was in high school. Wright said, “What really made me get serious with the instrument was when I first auditioned for the region honor band my eighth grade year. I went into that audition almost not expecting to make the band, but much to my surprise, I scored high and was amongst the best in the region. For the next few years I would practice, practice, and practice some more, and it would eventually put me amongst the best saxophonists in High School in South Carolina”. Coleman takes lessons regularly with Mr. Sean Hackett of Sumter, SC. “Mr. Hackett has helped me so much for the past two years. I wouldn't be close to what I am today if it were not for him. I plan to continue on this path of playing saxophone, and I hope that it will one day take me where I want to go in life”. Coleman plans to attend The University of South Carolina and major in music education and teach saxophone at a university one day. When asked about playing in the FMU Concert Band he said, “At first, it was a little bit intimidating because I knew that more would be expected of me than just regular high school band. As time went on, I got more comfortable with the group and I really started to enjoy making music with all the other musicians in the ensemble.”
The 70-plus member concert band, directed by Kelly Jokisch, is composed of a combination of FMU student and community musicians. Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU faculty members.
Free to all Middle and High School students with school Id, elementary children, first 100 FMU students who present valid ID at the Box Office / All remaining tickets are $5 each. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office (843-661-4444), visiting the Box Office M-F from 12-5pm or purchased at the door the night of the concert. To keep up-to-date with Francis Marion's Cultural Events, please visit: http://departments.fmarion.edu/finearts.