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Friday, March 05, 2010
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The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir will present a special concert, which will include the premiere of “A Centennial Fanfare,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

Matt Neff wrote the original piece in honor of the 100th anniversary of the legislative founding of Southern Miss. The lineup will also feature two student soloists: Brian Paden, a senior from Pontotoc, Miss., will perform “The Chief” by John Stevens and Jonathan Rowe, a senior from Fairhope, Ala., will perform “Points West” by Michael Davis.

Southern Miss alum Justin Harvison will return to conduct his arrangement of Bjork’s “Overture to Dancer in the Dark.” Other works include Derek Bourgeois’ “Scherzo Funebre” and “Octet” by Gordon Jacob. The concert will conclude with a new arrangement by Dr. Bruce Tychinski of the Beach Boys’ classic hit, “Good Vibrations.” Tychinski, assistant professor of trombone at Southern Miss, directs the 19-member Trombone Choir, along with graduate assistant Eddie Muller.

Several years ago, the King's Singers, a vocal ensemble from England renowned for their interpretations of music from many centuries and genres, recorded an album of pop tunes in a capella style. The album featured many American pop songs and "Good Vibrations" was the title track. 

“The range of the all-male vocal ensemble is similar to that of the trombone choir and this recording piqued my interest in arranging the song for trombones,” noted Tychinski. “It’s not the type of piece you would expect to hear at a trombone choir concert, which is exactly why it is really fun for both the choir and the audience. I set it for 10 separate parts and I think I captured the fun and spirit of the original song. I'm really happy with the final version.”

The Southern Miss Trombone Choir has recently been invited to perform at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. March 18-20. The group also toured Germany last summer while performing in Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information on the performance, visit

The Southern Miss Trombone Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at
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