By Sydney Lackland
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will be in concert Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Reynolds Performance Hall.

The 7:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Brooks, professor of Music and director of Bands, will feature Trombone professor Dr. Justin Cook as soloist as well as graduate conducting student Mykala Parker, who will also perform with the Symphonic Band.

The program for the Wind Ensemble concert will include Chorale and Alleluia by Howard Hanson, Trombone Concerto (Mvts. 2 & 3) by William Bolco, and Sensemaya by Silvestre Revueltas.

“We will perform Trombone Concerto on our Carnegie Hall concert with Joe Alessi, principal trombonist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra [on April 23],” Brooks said. “Dr. Cook will perform the solo trombone part with us on this concert. Dr. Cook is an incredible player, and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with him on this concerto.”

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Brantley Douglas, associate director of Bands and director of Athletic Bands, will perform An Italian In Algiers by Rossini, First Suite in E Flat by Holst, Colonial Song by Grainger, and Americans We by Filmore.

For more information, contact Brooks at 501-450- 5764 or or Douglas at 501-450-5022 or

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