Composer-in-Residence Christopher Tucker to Join SCF Concerts Feb. 28 & March 1

(Bradenton, Fla., February 16, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present concerts in honor of Tom and Marilyn Steele composer-in-residence Christopher Tucker.

Tucker will attend the SCF Wind Ensemble concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, and the SCF Symphony Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

SCF Wind Ensemble will perform Tucker’s works “Valor of MNC-I March,” a tribute to his father and the U.S. military men and women who have served in Iraq; “Mission STS: Ecceda Terra,” in honor of the U.S. space shuttle program; and “Euphoric Sparks,” a celebratory composition incorporating musical quotes from George Frideric Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.”

SCF Symphony Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble will perform Tucker’s composition “Cement 13” and premiere of Rex Willis' concerto grosso for symphony orchestra and guitar ensemble “Dream Zone.'"

The Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will be conducted by Robyn Wilkes, SCF director of instrumental studies, and Rex Willis, composer and classical guitarist, will direct the Guitar Ensemble.

Tucker’s attendance at the concerts will be made possible through a partnership with The SCF Foundation Inc. and Tom and Marilyn Steele, longtime music enthusiasts and supporters of the college.

Tucker,director of artistic planning and a founder of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, has composed works for chamber ensemble, chorus, band and orchestra. He has won awards in composition and conducting from the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Beta Mu, The National Band Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Tucker has a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition with a minor in music theory from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a performance certificate in conducting. Tucker has received commissions from more than thirty schools and arts organizations, and his music has been performed nationally and internationally including Japan, Germany and England.

General admission for each concert is $8. Tickets are $4 for students and SCF staff. For more information, call the Neel Performing Arts Box Office at 941-752-5252 or the music department at 941-752-5351. A complete list of SCF music events is available online at Maps and directions are online at


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