Mercer Faculty Brass Quintet to perform in Faculty Artist Recital

Jenna Eason, Managing Editor

When the rafters rattle during a performance and the music is felt within the souls of the people in the audience, the performance becomes an experience the audience struggles to forget.

Dr. Douglas Hill, the director of undergraduate study at the Townsend School of Music, said the Mercer Brass Quintet’s tuba player, Eric Bubacz, makes the rafters rattle at the end of one of the songs they are playing in their next performance.

The Mercer Brass Quintet will perform for free in Fickling Hall on Sept.13 at 7:30 p.m.

Hill, trumpet, Jonathan Swygert, trumpet, Jay Hanselman, horn, Hollie Lawing Pritchard, trombone, and Eric Bubacz, tuba, will be performing seven pieces with a brief intermission. The show will last about an hour.

“You might surprise yourself and find something that you really never would’ve heard or seen before and really enjoy it, and you could pursue it some more,” Hill
said.

Hill said the quintet tries to pick songs that are from different time periods and styles. Some of the compositions include “A Suite of 17th Century Dances,”
“Take the A-Train” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”

Hill said that people should come out to the different concerts to get out of their comfort zones in the particular types of music they like. Many students from different disciplines come to the music building for these concerts and to participate in the bands and singing groups.

“There’s all kinds of world music that people have no clue about that’s really cool,” Hill said.