Band offers its annual musical

Contributing writer


The Grambling State University Music Department presented its Annual Musical Spectrum Tuesday night.

The night began with the Wind Ensemble presenting the classical sound of "Ave Maria." Malcolm Spencer then carried the ensemble into a variation on an African hymn.

Living up to its billing as a musical spectrum, the concert featured pieces presented by the entire Music Department, with selections from the Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Male Glee Club, Chamber singers, Jazz Ensemble and the Show Band.

The World Famed Band Director of many years, Dr. Larry Pannell, was overwhelmed at how many students and faculty attended the memorable event. "The Spectrum was one of the better performances," he said.

According to Dr. Pannell, each of the directors had the option of picking their own music for every ensemble to perform.

In addition to Pannell and Spencer, the directors included Ye Tao, Marcus Rhodes and Leroy Hawthorne Jr.

Each ensemble presented two or more pieces, which included classical selections from The Phantom of the Opera and Lacrymosa. The Show Band also performed the classic "The Love I Lost."The ensembles prepared for the event all year, which saxophone section leader Justin Woodson said showed in their performance.

"Both bands and orchestra did wonderful, and the choir took the house," he said. "It was definitely one of the best performances this spring."