On February 25, 2014, an eager audience experienced Joseph Jordan Stephens in junior recital, given in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.
Stephens is a percussion major and the student of Dr. Thomas McCutchen and Mr. Clint Gillespie of the David L. Walters Department of Music.
Stephens began the program with “Warm Drum Peace Drum,” by David Reeves, which he performed on solo snare in an almost austere blue spotlight.
The next piece, “Cloud Forest,” was a multi-percussion work by Blake Tyson, a professional percussionist who attended the 2014 Jacksonville State University Day of Percussion.
Stephens performed “Evolution of Moment,” - the world premiere of a Joseph Jordan Stephens original - with the assistance of three other percussionists, each with a similar setup of percussion instruments.
Next, Stephens blacked out the Performance Center to fully embody his interpretation of Evelyn Glennie”s “A Little Prayer.”
He manifested the solo marimba piece very effectively with the use of candle light, an endeavor that many students would not consider.
Stephens concluded his program with a high energy multi-percussion piece entitled “Colossus,” by Eric Rodis, which featured Stephens on timpani, or kettledrums.
Stephens, with the assistance of other students and professors from the Music Department, did an exemplary job of bringing this recital to life, and they have set a new standard for recitals in the David L. Walters Department of Music.