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Faculty Brass Quintet to Give Christmas Concert Tuesday

Lee University Faculty Brass Quintet will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Chapel.

Faculty Brass Quintet includes Lee faculty Gordon James, Don Strand, Dr. Douglas Warner, and Dr. Nathan Warner, along with Lee graduate student Jonathan Bishop. Mary Beth Wickes will accompany on the organ.

The evening will feature a variety of familiar Christmas songs, such as “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Listeners can also expect traditional French carols, English folk songs, and melodies from the middle ages.

James, French horn, currently serves as an adjunct horn instructor at the University of Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, and Lee. He is also the Principle Horn of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and has been playing and teaching horn for over 30 years.

Strand, tuba, currently holds principal tuba positions with the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, and Columbus Symphony, among others. He has been a fixture in the southeastern music scene for nearly 40 years, performing with orchestras, Broadway shows, and headliners like Bruce Springsteen and Hans Zimmer.

Dr. Doug Warner, trombone, is chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies and professor of music at Lee. He has been principal trombonist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera since 1985. From 1986 to 1997, he was a member of the King’s Brass, a touring ensemble with which he recorded four albums.

Dr. Nathan Warner, trumpet, is an assistant professor of music at Lee and has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, Lady Antebellum, Doc Severinsen, Peter Cetera, Clay Aiken, and Slide Hampton. Prior to Lee, he was an instructor of trumpet at the Manhattan School of Music Pre College in New York City. He is also an endorsed Bach Trumpet Artist.

Wickes has worked at Lee University in both administrative and musical roles since 1986. She currently serves as director of accompanying for the School of Music, supervising both staff and student accompanists. She was the recipient of Lee University’s 2018 Honorary Alumna of the Year award and the Cleveland State Community College 2017 Community Service Award in the Arts. She earned her master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Mobile.

Tickets are free, but required due to limited seating. They are available at the Dixon Center box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.

For more information about the concert, email music@leeuniversity.edu or contact Lee’s School of Music at 423-614-8240.
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