The University of Indianapolis Student Chambers Ensembles performed on Thursday, March 26 in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.
The performance featured the UIndy Brass Quintet, Saxophone Trio, and UIndy Trumpet Ensemble, all led by UIndy Ensemble Conductors Larry Powell and Scotty Stepp.
The Brass Quintet is composed of trumpeter Joel Walters, trumpeter Braden Strole, horn player Aaron Erlandson, trombone player Aaron Cowgill and tuba player Trevor Crowe.
The Saxophone Trio is composed of alto Michael Carnagua, tenor and alto Kenneth Sell and baritone Blake Wilde.
The Trumpet Ensemble is composed of Joel Walters, Braden Stole, Tyler Russell, Christopher Martinez, Zach Losacker, Ben Van Camp, George Morrell, Brenda Clark and Jen Suikola.
The performance included selections from “The Sound of Music,” by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Other pieces included “The Lonely Man,” by Joe Harnell, and “Gabriel’s Oboe,” by Ennio Moriconne.
Senior psychology major Shelby Reid attended the concert for Lecture/Performance credit.
“I only came because I needed credit for L/P, but I definitely did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did,” Reid said. “I mean, I don’t even like jazz music, but this has somewhat changed my views.”
The piece that really caught the attention of the audience, when the audience erupted into applause, was the last piece performed: “Seven Come Eleven,” by Bill Holcombe.
This piece, unlike the standard jazz pieces played throughout the concert, was a strong and upbeat number.
Shemaiah Alexander, a Raymond Park Middle School student and a resident of the surrounding community also attended the concert with her parents and older brother.
“I came to the concert because I love to hear music, especially live, and there aren’t many other places in the community that I can go to hear it,” Alexander said.
Alexander was excited that she got to come to UIndy for the concert and was inspired by what she saw.
“I’ve asked my parents to bring me to a few other concerts here and I’ve loved them all,” Alexander said. “I sometimes think about learning an instrument myself.”