Five students from Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music recently accompanied Dr. Jason Sulliman, Assistant Professor of Trombone, to Fairhope, Alabama to support the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra through their spring concert.
This year marked the 11th season for the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra program, and director Leroy Hughes had been dealing with the challenges of recruiting members during the COVID pandemic. As such, Hughes reached out to Sulliman in search of wind and brass players.
“It was a tough time of year with final exams, but our service organizations in the School of Music constantly go above and beyond to help others, and several students were ready to step up and help,” Sulliman said.
Students Emma Fell (horn), Hayley Groff (trombone), Ivy Brewer (flute), Alexandria Thomas (horn), and Theo Hornsby (trumpet) drove down to Baldwin County and performed a full program of works with the youth orchestra.
“It can be a challenge to jump into a performance without any rehearsals,” Sulliman said, “but it was great to see our students rise to meet the moment. I was proud of our students that represented Troy University so well. It was a testament to the quality of our program and the spirit of helping others through music.”