Ensembles perform winter concert

45th Parallel and African Drumming ensembles perform

Photo by Laura Hancock / EOU students performing with 45th Parallel are Tayde McAndie on piano, Joey Lucius on drums, Stephen Peterson on trombone, Max Irons and Arthur Wohlleben on trumpet, Logan Greenwell on alto sax and Carlie Nutt on tenor sax. Luke McKern, assistant director, joins them on the electric bass.

45th Parallel and African Drumming ensembles perform winter concert

News contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585 
Source contact: Matt Cooper, Professor of Music, 541-962-3559 
African Drumming Ensemble

EOU file photo / African Drumming Ensemble

LA GRANDE, Ore. March 10, 2017 – Eastern Oregon University’s 45th Parallel and African Drumming ensembles are presenting their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

The African Drumming Ensemble, directed by Luke McKern, opens the show with several traditional West African selections. Its membership includes students and community members.

Next on stage is 45th Parallel, a group featuring six horns, plus a rhythm section and vocalists. The ensemble, directed by Dr. John McKinnon and Dr. Matt Cooper with assistance from McKern, will perform works by Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Stevie Wonder, as well as repertoire from the “Great American Songbook” and the jazz-rock group Steely Dan.

Admission to the concert is free. Donations to the EOU Foundation’s General Music Scholarship fund will be accepted at the door.

Visit eou.edu/music to learn more about EOU’s program.


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