Cassville native selected for Harding University marching band and university chorus

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cassville native Parker Skinner has been selected for the 2016-17 Harding University Thundering Herd marching band and University Chorus. The university is located in Searcy, Ark.

Skinner plays the alto saxophone in the marching band, which performs at all home football games and selected fall exhibitions and parades, and consists of instrumentalists including woodwind players, brass players and percussionists from all majors. The band is directed by Dr. Wesley Parker, assistant professor of music.

Skinner began the 2016 Thundering Herd season with an intense week-long marching band camp on campus prior to the start of the fall semester. During this time, students reviewed marching fundamentals, learned and reviewed drum major commands, participated in sectionals led by members of the music faculty, participated in music rehearsals and learned the pre-game and first halftime shows.

The chorus is a 60-member ensemble that performs on and off campus. Skinner, a vocal music education major, sings bass and performs choral classics, new works, spirituals, opera, folk songs, novelties and contemporary Christian songs.

The Chorus also travels throughout the United States, and the world, to perform for a variety of audiences. Taking an extended tour in January and shorter trips during the school year, the group holds numerous concerts on campus and in the community.