Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 1, 2014

Southern Stars present Gallante in concert


CROSSVILLE — The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) are presenting their last concert of the 2013/2014 season on Saturday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the beautiful 1200-seat Stone Memorial High School auditorium. The concert theme is classics and jazz and will include a wide variety of music styles. Business sponsors for the concert are Bed & Biscuit Kennel (season sponsor), State Farm Insurance (David Bell, agent), Caring Touch Therapeutic Massage, and guest artist sponsors Flynn Sign Company and the city of Crossville.

Their guest artist will be a 13-year-old trumpet phenom, Geoff Gallante, who hails from Washington, DC, and has developed a national recognition for his highly advanced technical skills. Geoff has already performed on the Jay Leno show, CBS and NBC national morning news programs, at the White House (is the youngest entertainer to perform there), the Lincoln Center, and with military bands and concert bands in 43 states. Geoff has many YouTube videos you can watch showing him performing a variety of styles from sacred, classical, popular and jazz.

For this concert Geoff with be playing four selections with the SSSB in accompaniment: "La Virgin de la Macarena" — a fiery Latin piece, "The Debutante" — a classic trumpet selection, "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" — a cornet trio, and "Our Love is Here to Stay" — a flugelhorn jazz improvisation solo. You will surely want to come hear Geoff as he as been compared to a young Doc Severinsen or Wynton Marsaliis and will be a certain entertainment star of the future. His technical skills are unique, but it is his improvisation technique that will also amaze you with its maturity beyond his years.

The Southern Stars are a 30 musician ensemble of 27 instrumentalists and three percussionists under the direction of Dr. Steven Sudduth, who is the Director of Bands at Cumberland University in Williamsburg, KY. The musicians are top players from the areas of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Cookeville and Crossville. They perform a wide variety of music at each concert and to follow the theme of classics and jazz, they will be playing the following pieces: "Entry of the Gladiators," "American Patrol," "Pittsburgh Overture," "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" — a euphonium solo, the "Typewriter," "A Russian Fantasy," "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, "1st Suite for Band" by Holst, and "Saints Go Marching In."

Dwight Wages, founder and artistic director of the Southern Stars, had this to say, "Our final concert of the season has for the past three years brought in national talent as our guest artists. We had Buddy Greene/Jeff Taylor in 2012, and Pete Huttlinger in 2013 (both recording artists from Nashville), and now Geoff Gallante who also has two CDs to his credit. While it is a significant expense to provide artists of their stature, we do this with expectations that we will receive larger audiences who appreciate the risk we have taken to bring such unique performers to the Crossville area. It is my sincere hope that people who may not have heard the Southern Stars before, take this opportunity to hear this outstanding group and to see young Geoff Gallante in action."

Tickets for the concert are priced at $20 for adults, and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Cumberland Eye Care (Dr. Galloway) in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of TN branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville, Cumberland County Playhouse box office and website, and Bed & Biscuit Kennel (off Peavine Road). Group tickets of 10 or more can be purchased for $17 ($3 discount) only from Dwight Wages (call 931-484-6939).