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Chamber Winds to Perform March 7

23 February 2005 — The Jacksonville State University Chamber Winds, under the direction of Mr. Kenneth G. Bodiford, will perform their 2005 spring concert on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston. Admission is free.

The Chamber Winds are comprised of the David L. Walters Department of Music's most talented instrumentalists.   This group is the premier instrumental concert ensemble at the university.  

This year the group will be featuring one of the university's newest faculty members, Dr. Cameron (Chip) Crotts.  Dr. Crotts, a trumpet player, will be performing the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto. Dr. Crotts is director of Jazz Studies and assistant professor of music at JSU. In his third year, Dr. Crotts has seen tremendous growth in the Jazz Studies Program, which currently includes three big bands and several combos, as well as classes in improvisation, theory, and applied jazz lessons. The Trumpet Program at JSU maintains a strong reputation throughout the southeast, and the combined studios of Dr. Crotts and Dr. John Merriman consistently maintain upwards of 30 majors per year.

Dr. Crotts has been an on-call trumpet artist for the Disney Company and has performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe. In addition, Dr. Crotts has toured and performed with artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, The Manhattan Transfer, and Maynard Ferguson. Dr. Crotts is in demand as a freelance musician throughout the southeast and is a first call lead player for many national touring companies and artists.

In addition to the trumpet concerto, the band will be performing master works such as, The Finale to the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak, Dance of the Jesters by Peter Tchaikovsky, Toccata and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Stormworks by Stephen Melillo. 

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