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For more than 85 years Texas Southern University has displayed superiority in nurturing and developing the best professional men and women around the globe. TSU now boasts excellence in its marching band- "The Ocean of Soul".
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Texas Southern University Music Students Impressive in Atlanta!
Representatives from the TSU music department carried Tiger Pride to Atlanta at the 10th anniversary convention of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium (www.hbcu-nbdc.org). While everyone is familiar with our outstanding HBCU marching bands, this annual convention gathers the best student musicians and their teachers together to make music of a different kind. Students audition for placement in one of two all-star concert bands and the all-star jazz big band. Of the 6 students who represented TSU, 4 (Darius Davis, French horn; Calisia Dillard, alto saxophone; Miguel Garcia, flute; and Kevin D. Lee, percussion) made the top concert group (symphonic band). Al Alexander made the jazz ensemble, which only accepted 18 students. The rigorous auditions were conducted by members of the Washington, DC based “Pershing’s Own” Army band (the only exception were percussion auditions, conducted by TSU associate director of bands Darryl M. Singleton). These world class musicians recognized TSU talent as they awarded Miguel and Darius the “1st chair 1st” position in the top concert group for flute and French horn, respectively. Al Alexander was given the critical lead trumpet spot (1ST) in the jazz band. The lead trumpet player is responsible for setting the shape of how the band plays, so of course it should be a tiger! Professor Singleton also designed and facilitated both a student clinic and a director’s clinic. Additionally, he served as master of ceremonies for the chamber ensemble concert. That concert showcased small ensembles of homogenous instruments (percussion, euphonium and tuba, saxophone, etc.), formed to allow more concentrated, instrument specific, experiences. In these ensembles Calisia Dillard (saxophone) sat 1st chair and Tyreke Cooper (tuba) was featured as one of the soloists.
Music Education by the Ocean of Soul
Horn Elementary hosted members of the Texas Southern University’s “Ocean of Soul”
Marching Band to culminate the musical unit on orchestra instruments. During Instrument
Visitor Day, Horn students were treated to a brief discourse about each instrument
and were given a live demonstration of the various instruments. Several students also
had the opportunity to play the instruments.
The Texas Southern University (TSU) students also discussed their fields of study, and how music has influenced their lives. The Ocean of Soul, under the gracious direction of Richard Lee, Texas Southern University's Director of Bands, generously shared members of their award-winning band with the campus. The musicians included Travis Dumas, Miguel Garcia, Troy Reed, Chase Lee, Brian Jackson, Julius Williams, Alvin Hutton, Rashad Boyd, Charles Thomas, Evan Fontenot, Kedrick Harrison, Joe Dorsey, Darius Davis, Charles Arline, Tyreke Cooper and Charles Winbush.
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