Wind hits Tennessee

Brooke Wolfe, News Writer

The Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble enjoyed the opportunity to bring their Lute tunes to Tennessee and the Parkland community through their January Term tour which consisted of concerts highlighting their extensive capability and immense dedication to their craft.

PLU associate professor Edwin Powell led the students on their way through Nashville to Chattanooga, Tenn.
Friends and family had the opportunity to follow their travels on the updated blog.

Day one stated, “Nine hours, two flights, two busses and a french-horn-stashed-in-a-wheelchair-closet later, the party has arrived in Tennessee!”

LEFT TO RIGHT: First-year Gabriel Johnson, junior Devin Turner, first-year Ingrid Smith, junior Kristi Eckroth and first-year Lyndi Knox take a selfie in Nashville.
LEFT TO RIGHT: First-year Gabriel Johnson, junior Devin Turner, first-year Ingrid Smith, junior Kristi Eckroth and first-year Lyndi Knox take a selfie in Nashville.

On the way to Chattanooga, a stop at the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg was followed by a walk around the Tennessee Aquarium, known for its elaborate mix of fresh and saltwater exhibits located in Chattanooga.

First-year Jennifer Brown said the trip “was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people I will be studying with for the next few years.”

The group got the opportunity to record in Elvis’ former Nashville studio, Studio B, which Powell described as his highlight of the trip.

At Studio B, they recorded “Moon by Night,” which can be listened to online at http://www.plu.edu/wind-ensemble/listen-watch/.

In honor of their eight day travels, the students came back to PLU and performed a Homecoming Concert Feb. 5 in Lagerquist.

They played their Tennessee set one final time. Pieces that made the cut included the world premiere of “For Those Who Wait,” a piece composed by Greg Youtz, associate professor.

The Wind Ensemble’s next concert is 3 p.m. March 15 in Lagerquist Concert Hall.  

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