A bit of Disney magic came to Southeastern in the form of a wind symphony. On Nov. 14 the Southeastern Louisiana University Music Department held its first ever Disney inspired wind symphony.
The Magical Music of Disney was a sold out show held in Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus.
Over 60 students from the music department played arrangements from iconic Disney movies as well as other sounds you would hear in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The program consisted of musical performances of the infamous Disney Introduction, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Little Mermaid, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, Tangled, Aladdin, Tarzan, Frozen and The Lion King.
“Within the first 30 seconds of the Disney Logo Introduction I had chills down my spine. It is one thing to hear these songs in the films or even in recordings, but it is so much more powerful when it is live and right in front of you,” Tammy Toups, wind symphony attendee, said.
Many of the wind symphony personnel dressed as characters from the various Disney films. Special guest conductors led a few of the arrangements as well as guest vocalists for the Tarzan and Frozen arrangements.
“The Pirates of the Caribbean Suite was definitely my favorite part of the night. The magnitude of the music was amazing and watching the conductor was enjoyment in itself,” Harli Manuel, senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, said.
Artistic director and conductor Glen J. Hemberger, started the show, introducing the musicians and encouraging the kids of the audience to join in singing the songs they know. Dr. Hemberger is the professor of music, director of bands and coordinator of graduate studies in music at Southeastern.
As the show concluded, Dr. Hemberger questioned the audience if they would attend a Disney inspired show again in the future, and, received positive feedback.
“I was singing along and tapping my feet and hands, I loved it so much. Disney music makes you feel like a kid again and it brings back all of those old memories when growing up. Hearing the other kids in the audience become filled with excitement when their favorite some started playing was so adorable,” Allen Williard, wind symphony attendee, said.
The Southeastern Music Department host many performances throughout the school semester. To find upcoming events check out the music calendar of events and performances.