Let's Hear It


Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was born in 1936 in Chesterton PA.  His first big break was touring and recording with Ray Charles in 1954.  In the early 60's, after 5 years with Ray Charles, Belgrave moved to NYC and worked with jazz innovators including Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach and Yusef Lateef.  In 1963, Belgrave moved to Detroit to work with many of the well-known jazz musicians there and also joined the staff at Motown Records.

C. Lieurance

The saxophone may be a relative newcomer to the world of orchestral instruments, but it's gained ground fast in the 150+ years since it was invented. Today's saxophonists are expected to be fluent in European and American classical music, pop, jazz, and all related sub-genres. 

Casey Claussen

With closely matched harmonies, masterful guitar work, and a list of original songs, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a newly-established duo of long-term friends and band mates Phil Barry and Sarah Fuerst.  

Cullen O'Neil

Over the last ten years, cellist Cullen O'Neil and pianist Rebecca Luppe have bonded over music, Girl Scouts, school, and games they made up themselves. Now eighteen and nineteen years old, they've established themselves as two of the finest in the current crop of classical musicians from west Michigan. 

LHI Live: Friday Fun With WMU's Horn Studio

May 22, 2015
C. Lieurance

Classical improvisation, as opposed to jazz improvisation, is a way to create spontaneous music by one or more players using techniques and devices common in classical music. It has not been a part of most college programs, but Western Michigan University horn professor Lin Foulk thinks it should be.