Symphonic Band Concert Set for March 31

Alex Zacharella

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Symphonic Band will perform their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 34.


The concert will feature both classic and contemporary music, including works by prominent 19th and 20th century European and American composers, according to Dr. Alexandra Zacharella, director of bands.


“We’re going to be performing some pieces the audience will love, including a chamber winds piece by Beethoven and ‘Suite of Old American Dances’ by Robert Russell Bennett, which is a staple of American music,” Zacharella said.


Symphonic Band members include:


Alma: Kyle Scott


Bentonville: Kevin Spooner.


Booneville: Kyle Jones.


Charleston: Meagan Crosby, Richard Jackson, Joyce Lee and Julia Sexton. 


Conway: Mykala Parker.


Fort Smith: Spencer Barker, Kyle Bates, Griffin Bellah, Jenapher Burnett, Will Davis, Cullen Elkins, Chase Garner, Dalton Graves, Christopher Ha, Christian Jones, Christopher Jones, Ginger Jones, Kaitlin Jones, Kaitlyn Jones, Larry Nguyen, Lindsey Steele, Evan Walker, Tyler Weaver and Jacob Webb.


Gentry: Justin Hazard, John Lopez and Curtis Philpott.


Greenwood: Luke Alexander, Dakota Archer, Tyler Keenom, Shanice McFerran, Andrew Morgan, Wesley Rylee, Sarah Summers andHolleigh Willis.


Hackett: Matthew Oliver.


Jonesboro: McKendreah Brodie.


Pocola, Okla.: Laken Emerson.


Roland, Okla.: Courtney Hicks.


Spiro, Okla.:  Marcus Hall.


Springdale: Josh Holcomb.


Van Buren: Caleb Capps, Justin Dowdy and Jensen Smith.


Zacharella, who is also an associate professor of low brass in the Music and Theatre Department, has bachelor’s degrees in trombone performance and music education from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and a master’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Michigan’s School of Music. She is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and completed a doctorate in trombone performance with minors in music education, conducting, and jazz studies.


UAFS packages national touring events with UAFS concerts and productions into the Season of Entertainment schedule each year.


The ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center is located at 55 S. 7th St. in Fort Smith. Admission to the concert is by a Season 34 season ticket, or individual tickets are $6. To purchase tickets, visit or call the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Friday, March 6, 2015
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