WWU in Europe

Musicians tour three countries over spring break

By: Becky St. Clair

Five WWU students, accompanied by music professors Brandon Beck and Kraig Scott, held concerts in Spain, France and Italy over spring break. Here they pose next to the organ in a cathedral in Trieste, Italy.

Walla Walla University’s brass quintet had the opportunity to represent their school in Europe during spring break.  Directed by Professor Brandon Beck, the group was accompanied by Kraig Scott, professor of music and organ instructor at WWU.

Flying into Madrid, Spain, the group made their way across Spain, France and Italy.  Their goal was to perform at each of the countries’ Adventist colleges: Sagunto, Collonges and Villa Aurora, respectively.  Though car troubles kept them from their scheduled performance at Collonges, they managed to play at several locations between the colleges.

“I loved the driving,” says Zachary Gilbert, freshman business major and trombone player.  “The countryside, especially around Nice, France, was very beautiful.  It really was the experience of a lifetime.”

In addition to several performances at the Adventist colleges, the quintet performed in three cathedrals and two churches in the three countries.  Some pieces were done with the accompaniment of Scott, others were performed alone, and Scott was also given opportunity to play solo pieces on the organ.  The quintet alone had a repertoire of around 30 pieces.

Included in the quintet was: Bill Lenz, sophomore mathematics and pre-law major; Cambria Mensink, freshman music education major; Megan Tan, freshman biochemistry and pre-medicine major; Steven Williams, junior mathematics and music major; and Gilbert.

“I’m so thankful to WWU for allowing us to go and for supporting us,” says Gilbert.  “We played at amazing cathedrals, experienced pieces of three different countries and connected to many people.  Really, it’s hard to express this trip in words.”

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