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2018 Brass and Percussion Showcase

CONWAY, Ark. (March 20, 2018) — The Brass and Percussion Showcase featuring performances by musicians from all over central Arkansas will take place Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium.

This concert features musicians from Hendrix College and the surrounding central Arkansas region. The first half of the concert will include the Hendrix College Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Evan Barr, adjunct instructor of percussion at Hendrix. The first half will also feature the debut performance of the Central Arkansas Trumpets, a community ensemble of trumpet performers from the central Arkansas region. This group was recently formed by Dr. Stephen James, adjunct instructor of trumpet at Hendrix, in an effort to provide a new musical opportunity for the trumpet community in this region of the state. 

During the second half of the program, Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James, assistant professor of music at Hendrix and music director of the Natural State Brass Band, will lead the NSBB in a preview performance of the music they have prepared for the North American Brass Band Association Championships (NABBA). The NSBB took home third prize in their division in the 2017 NABBA Championships and look to build on their success at the 2018 Championships.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit