That Mancini Magic: Brenau’s “Spectrum Winds” Present a Night of Free Music

May 19, 2015
Brenau Staff
Cecil Welch (promotional photo courtesy of
Cecil Welch (promotional photo courtesy of

Cecil Welch, former lead trumpeter for The Henry Mancini Orchestra, will perform “That Mancini Magic” with the Brenau University Spectrum Winds on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. on Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus in Pearce Auditorium. Director Don Strand has put together an evening of music featuring compositions by Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong and Mancini himself, who composed the film scores to “The Pink Panther” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Film clips will highlight the music during the free and open to the public performance.

Henry Mancini and Cecil Welch both performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Mancini heard Welch perform and offered him the position of principal trumpeter and soloist in his orchestra. They worked together for over 18 years, during which time Welch founded his music production company, Cecil Welch Productions, LLC, which provides orchestral personnel for many of America’s most talented performers, including Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, and Barry Manilow. He also founded the Cecil Welch Big Band, a 16-piece orchestral ensemble composed of top instrumentalists from Atlanta and the Southeast; recorded and produced four solo trumpet CDs under his own recording label, Brass Menagerie Recording Company; and performed with the London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

The Brenau University Spectrum Winds is a musical ensemble open to all students and community members who play a wind or percussion instrument. During the academic year, the ensemble rehearses and performs pieces from the traditional and modern repertoire for symphonic band. Their performances include regular concerts as well as institutional service opportunities.

Director Don Strand is the principal tubist of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Three Brenau students featured in this concert are rising sophomore Ashley Childs from Canon, Georgia, and recent graduates Andrea Holloway from Newnan, Georgia, and Karla Utterback from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Dr. Barbara Steinhaus, chair of Brenau’s music department, said, “The diverse group of musicians in the ensemble – Brenau students from many majors including music, pre-occupational therapy, student athletes as well as community members from high school musicians to working professionals – brings a fun and uplifting example of people working in harmony through music performance.”

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