The West Virginia University School of Music will host a quartet of clarinetists from the Army Ground Forces Band. The FORSCOM Four Clarinet Quartet will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, 200A Creative Arts Center.

“The Quartet is one of several Music Performance Teams within the Army Ground Forces Band (AGFB) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina,” said SGT Patrick Hanudel. “The Quartet began in June 2015 when the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville requested a small woodwind ensemble to provide music for the museum’s annual Korean War Remembrance. Since then, we’ve performed all over North Carolina, from special ceremonies to formal recitals.”

At WVU, they’ll perform a diverse program that includes “Fats” Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Louise Farrenc’s “Valse Brillante,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Slava!”, among other pieces.

The ensemble includes SSG Joel Bernal on bass clarinet. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and he joined the
Army in 2007. Recently, he completed four years with the U.S. Army Europe Band in Germany, where he performed in concerts all over the European continent.

SGT Patrick Hanudel plays E-flat and B-flat clarinets with the group. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University (Ohio) and his Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He enlisted in 2010, and he currently serves as AGFB Clarinet Section Leader.

SPC Julian Jenkins plays B-flat clarinet. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University Long Beach. After finishing his Master’s Degree at CCM in 2013, he joined the Army and spent a year with the Eighth Army Band in Seoul, Korea.

SPC Gabriel Stillman studied with prominent jazz musicians in his native Boston and later undertook formal studies in clarinet and music education at Illinois Wesleyan University. He enlisted in 2014, and he is active in the AGFB as a performer, arranger, and bandleader.

The concert is free and open to the public.



CONTACT: David Welsh, WVU College of Creative Arts

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