SNC Band and Recital Updates

BY ALEX GRUBER

This Month’s Student Recitals and Jazz Dance Hit All the Good Notes

On Friday, Feb. 27, Allan Martin ’16 and Nick Carncross ’16 presented their junior instrumental recital in Dudley Birder Hall.

Martin, a music education major in instrumental and general music, played the oboe and English horn at the recital. His pieces included Domenico Cimarosa’s “Oboe Concerto” and Francis Poulenc’s “Oboe Sonata.” Martin also plays guitar in the SNC Jazz Band. He hopes to teach high school instrumental music before attending graduate school to eventually become an oboe professor.

When asked his favorite part of performing or working in music, Martin quoted Plato in saying, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Martin is also a member of NAfME, the Rainbow Alliance, and the Delta Upsilon fraternity at St. Norbert College.

On Mar. 6, Nathaniel Ruechel had his student recital at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder.

The St. Norbert College music program’s annual Big Band Snowball Dance was held on Friday, Mar. 6 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Michels Commons Ballroom.

Organized for over 10 years, the Snowball Dance celebrates the big band music of the 1930s and 1940s. As always, the St. Norbert College Jazz Band played favorite selections from the period. Along with the band, a cash bar, gourmet desserts, and door prizes were available for guests.

The Snowball Dance serves as an important fundraiser for the Jazz Band. The money they earn is used to bring guest artists to campus and to attend and compete in jazz festivals.

Dr. Eric High, assistant professor of music and low brass and director of the Jazz Band, has conducted the ensemble at the Snowball for 10 years.

“It’s a great event. We feature student singers along with the band,” High said.

The St. Norbert College Ballroom Dancing Club had members at the event to teach attendees the basics of dancing to big band music, allowing them to fully participate in and enjoy the dance.

The Big Band Snowball Dance regularly attracts around 100 guests, and, as High stated, “Nobody leaves disappointed.”

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