Student Recital

04/13/14

The music program at Delaware State University requires music majors to present a recital each school year. They don't just play in their recital, but they organize and arrange every part of it, from recruiting other musicians, ushers, stage crew, writing original music for the event, advertising it and only then finally performing in their recital.

On April 13th, 2014 Denzel A. Thompson-Williams decided to team up with fellow East Orange Unified Marching Band Alumnus Neil Davis, and present their recitals together.


(L-R) Bri'Yahn Ritchie - Trumpet, Hakeem Nabi - French Horn, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams - Tuba, Devon Schlegel - Trombone and Neil Davis - Trumpet.

They chose to invite the other members of their "Columbian Blue Brass Quintet" (shown above) to participate. This was the group that gave a public performance last February that we reported about HERE. Other students, who play in a Jazz Combo at the University, were also invited to participate, as well as pianist, Natalia Nikolskaya. Our EOUMB Director, Frederick Goode, was invited to attend the recital and took all the photos shown on this page.

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Dr. Frank Gazda, Denzel's tuba instructor.


Natalia Nikolskaya and Denzel Thompson play Antonio Capuzzi's Andante and Rondo.

Neil Davis plays Kent Kennan's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano with pianist Natalia Nikolskaya.

Denzel Thompson plays Thomas Beversdorf''s Sonata for Bass Tuba and Piano, with pianist Natalia Nikolskaya.


Trumpeter Neil Davis (center) plays with the Jazz Combo; James Blackwell on piano, Preston Alton McCord on alto saxophone, Jovan Wilson on bass guitar, and out of sight in the back is Coley Morris on drums.

Coley Morris can be seen in the background on the left, playing timpani with the Columbian Blue Brass Quintet (L-R) Bri'Yahn Ritchie - Trumpet, Hakeem Nabi - French Horn, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams - Tuba, Devon Schlegel - Trombone and Neil Davis - Trumpet. (Need conductor's name)

They are playing Denzel Thompson's arrangement of Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man.

The recital ends with the Columbian Blue Brass Quintet (L-R) Bri'Yahn Ritchie - Trumpet, Hakeem Nabi - French Horn, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams - Tuba, Devon Schlegel - Trombone and Neil Davis - Trumpet playing Londonderry Air arranged by Jack Gale, and That's a Plenty by Lew Pollack as arranged by Steve Cooper.


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