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Lamarissimo! band concert explores ‘Texas Roots, Infinite Possibilities’

The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Lamarissimo! concert on March 3, takes Lamar University’s motto, “Texas Roots, Infinite Possibilities” to the Beaumont stage, with a local focus and homegrown talent. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theatre.

Scott Deppe, Lamar’s director of bands, will conduct the Wind Ensemble at the concert sponsored by ExxonMobil, while Ryan Smith, director of athletic bands, leads the Concert Band. The concert will feature about 110 Lamar students, which is nearly double the size of the combined bands from two years ago, thanks to the return of the Marching Band and enhanced recruiting efforts from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.

“My goal for the Lamarissimo! concert is to always put a focus on local talent, whether from Lamar, Beaumont or the greater Southeast Texas community,” said Deppe. The last Lamarissimo! band concert featured dancers from the Department of Theatre & Dance performing a Highland fling. The Wind Ensemble will share the stage at their upcoming concert with local country blues band Coal Train, headed by lead singer and guitarist Brad Huckabay. Two of Huckabay’s original songs were arranged for the performance with the Wind Ensemble by Michael Wiggins, a composition major from Beaumont.

“I wanted to work with Coal Train because they write their own original music,” said Deppe. “That’s why I chose to feature them. The tunes they will perform were written for five musicians with the Wind Ensemble as an accompaniment group.”

Other selections include “March Lamar,” by Clifton Williams, and “Old Scottish Melody,” arranged by the late Charles A. “Pete” Wiley, inaugural director of the band program at Lamar.

“The concert is exciting because Lamarissimo! draws a wide range of audiences, from students to culturally savvy community members,” said Deppe. “That’s why we try to play a variety of music to keep it light, fun and enjoyable for everyone.”

The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and will be available in the theatre box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University in Beaumont with valid LU identification.

The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Lamar University Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.

Contacts:
Scott Deppe, Director of Bands, (409) 880-8147 or 880-8144
Dr. Robert Culbertson, Interim Chair, Department of Music, (409) 880-8144
Sharon Forret, Marketing Specialist, (409) 880-2154