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Music Ensembles Represent TAMUK

Music Ensembles Represent TAMUK

Different melodic styles that are usually performed at the Bellamah music building will be displayed near the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.

The TAMUK Flute Studio.

The TAMUK Flute Studio.

Three ensembles from the Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) music department will be performing at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas on Friday Feb. 14.

“We are

excited to show our studio’s improvements and abilities to the rest of the state,” said Rey Barrera, music education major.

The TAMUK Flute Ensemble, Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and the Valledo Winds Woodwind Quintet will perform at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Some of the musical selections that will be performed by the ensembles are standard and unique works, while other songs are arrangements made by students of their studio.

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going to do something different and not very ‘flute-y’,” said Janel Mejia, music education and performance major. “We’re going to be playing pop and rock songs featuring different extended techniques.”

The Valledo Winds have experience with performing at events. This past summer, they were accepted to the prestigious Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. However, they said they believe it will be a big change.

“In New York, it was more of a personal concert for the attendees of the music festival, but at TMEA it’s going to be a bigger venue that will allow band directors from across the state of Texas, future college students, TAMUK alumni and spectators to see the talent we have,” said Orlando Medrano, music performance major.

Other ensembles like the Tuba and Euphonium studio are watching themselves grow with experience in music and performance.

“Ever since Dr. Benavidez took over the role as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, there has been a tremendous improvement in our studio,” Barrera said. “As a matter of fact, last year was the studio’s first time touring in the valley in hopes to recruit more players.”

All the ensembles will be performing on Friday, Feb. 14. The Valledo Winds will perform at 12:30 p.m., the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble at 2 p.m. and the Flute Ensemble will perform at 3:30 p.m.

“It is another great opportunity to showcase the amazing teaching and talent TAMUK has to offer,” Medrano said.

The Valledo Winds. Contributed Photo

The Valledo Winds.
Contributed Photo

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