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LRU's Concert Series presents four distinguished alumni for trumpet performance

LRU's Concert Series presents four distinguished alumni for trumpet performance
LRU's Concert Series presents four distinguished alumni for trumpet performance

As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University's 2017-18 Concert Series, four distinguished alumni will collaborate for an evening of trumpets and accompaniment on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel. Performers include Tim Phillips, professor of trumpet, with Michael Averett, Mark Clodfelter, and Reese Land.

Phillips, a native of Hudson, N.C. and 1981 LRU alumnus, has provided all types of music for the Unifour since 1975. He has studied with Jim Manley of St Louis, Arnold Jacobs, Vincent DiMartino, Raymond Mase of the American Brass Quintet, Ralph Gabriel and Mark McDunn. In 1998, Phillips, a successful custom computer programmer, left the computer industry to become a full-time musician, both as a performer and a recording engineer. His recording work has had exposure across the United States and Canada. In addition to the Unifour Brass Ensemble, he is a guest performer with The Brass Company and Western Piedmont Symphony, as well as various ensembles at LRU.

Averett is a lecturer in music at Washburn University in Kansas. A 2012 LRU alumnus, he is an active performer both as a soloist and chamber musician, having created the Washburn University Faculty Brass Quintet in 2008. Since that time the group has been awarded five federal and state grants to provide concerts for under-served schools and communities. Averett has also performed internationally in Australia, Mexico, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and China. From 2008 to 2011, Averett was a solo cornet in the Fountain City Brass Band (FCCB). While in the FCBB, Averett won two U.S. Open National Championship titles, three North American Brass Band Championship titles, and was a part of the 2009 "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" album.

Clodfelter, a 1994 LRU alumnus, is a versatile performer of international acclaim and a multiple Grammy recommended recording artist. As a soloist, Clodfelter has appeared in many of the world's finest performing venues throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Thailand, Greece, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, and the Peoples Republic of China. Clodfelter has recorded extensively in styles ranging from classical to rock and has appeared with headliners such as Josh Groban, Gladys Knight, The Moody Blues, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, Glen Campbell, and Ray Charles. Clodfelter currently serves as professor of trumpet at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Also a 1994 LRU alumnus, Land hails from Taylorsville, N.C., and serves as assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Louisville. Formerly, he served on the faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi and Campbellsville University. While at Campbellsville, he was twice voted university Teacher of the Year. An avid performer, he plays regularly in a large variety of venues as a soloist and with ensembles such as Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, the Brass Band of Louisville, and a host of others. In April 2015, he performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall with the Eastern High School Band of Louisville. Land has also performed with such artists as Doc Severinsen, Mannheim Steamroller, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Joshua Bell.

The performance is free and open to public; no tickets or reservations are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. To learn more, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call the LRU Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 828.328.7206.

Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at LRU serves the University community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with musical artists. The Concert Series promotes a talented array of artists each season and provides student access to concerts and recitals, artist lectures, and hands-on experience in master class settings.