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UNCP Faculty Brass Quintet to perform a “Brass Spectacular” on April 7


PEMBROKE –  The public is invited to a free concert performance by UNC Pembroke’s Faculty Brass Quintet on Thursday, April 7, in the Moore Hall Auditorium on the campus of UNC Pembroke.

The faculty-led group will be performing a “Brass Spectacular” as part of a week long tribute to Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. Dr. Cummings will be installed as the university’s sixth chancellor at 3 p.m. at Givens Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 8.


The Brass Spectacular begins at 7:30 p.m. The quintet consists of four faculty members and a music student, Terri Smith, a junior trumpet player. The faculty players include Dr. Timothy Altman on trumpet; Steve Skillman on horn; Dr. Chad Horsley on trombone; and Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey on tuba.

“We are excited to be a part of Installation Week,” said Altman, who serves as chair of the Music Department. “This concert is like a formal welcome for Dr. Cummings.”


The theme of the concert is “Music in Motion.”

“We have chosen pieces that have some kind of motion or implied movement, like Cyclone Rag, which is an early jazz piece,” Altman said. 

The Faculty Brass Quintet comes with several years of concert experience and education. Each of the faculty members hold a masters or doctorate in music.  

“Each of us frequently play in orchestras around the state,” Altman said. “The Faculty Brass Quintet formed when I came to UNC Pembroke in 1999 and we have held performances on campus nearly every semester since then.”

The group is one of the most active chamber ensembles in the region. The quintet performs recitals at the N.C. Arts Museum in Raleigh, the N.C. School of the Arts, and at middle and high schools across the state. The group performs all styles of music from ragtime to Sousa, and Bach to Ellington.

“So, when you come out Thursday, you will witness music at a high level,” Altman said.​