Quartet Takes Stage

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 1, 2005) — John Brown University will present an instrumental concert featuring brass, percussion, and piano on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall on the JBU campus. This event is free and open to the public. The performers include JBU’s Linda Beckman and University of Arkansas’ Chalon Ragsdale, Rich Rulli, and Gerald Sloan. Linda Beckman, holds a doctorate of music arts from the University of Oklahoma, is currently an associate professor of music at JBU and chair of the music department. An extraordinary pianist and accompanist, she has accompanied operatic vocalists in performances in Arkansas, Carnegie Hall, Michigan, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, and Oklahoma. As a soloist she has had the privilege of performing abroad in Brazil, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe. In 2000, Beckman recorded a CD containing meditative classical works and her hymn-tune arrangements. Chalon Ragsdale serves as director of percussion studies and director of the UA summer music camps. He has received recognition as a music arranger and is published by Southern Music Company of San Antonio, Tex. His band arrangements featuring percussion have been featured at several CBDNA conventions, and his Tribute to Grainger for Concert Band was chosen for performance on the 1999 Mid-West Clinic. Richard Rulli holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ithaca College, New York, and the University of Northern Colorado. At the University of Arkansas, Rulli teaches trumpet, brass chamber music, and conducts the trumpet choir. He has been a featured performer and clinician nationally at conventions of the International Trumpet Guild and International Brass Festival. Formerly, he was the principal trumpet and trumpet soloist of the Air Force Band of the Golden West and first trumpet of Five Star Brass. Gerald Sloan is a professor of music for the UA, teaches low brass and jazz studies and conducts tuba, trombone, and jazz ensembles. He is principal trombone with the North Arkansas Symphony and has performed with the Music Festival of Arkansas. He has been on the faculty of the International Trombone Workshop twice and published articles on trombone and jazz trombone in numerous periodicals, including The Instrumentalist. For more information, contact the JBU music department at (479) 524-7154. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.