Written by Allison Ericson
VSU was once home to the talented CNN commentator, Nancy Grace, NCIS actress, Pauley Perrette and ex-NFL players, Jessie Tuggle and Antonio Edwards.
VSU is now home to many students with talents including Daniel Leon Raybon, a music education major. Raybon has been given the chance to showcase his talents in a solo recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Mathis Auditorium.
After seven months of preparation and practice, Raybon has hopes of inspiring the audience with his unique musical talent.
“The selection of music includes, ‘Six Studies in English Folk Song’ by Ralph Vaughn Williams, ‘Euphonium Concerto’ by Joseph Horovitz, and ‘Bride of the Waves’ by Herbert L. Clarke,” Raybon said.
These pieces are of classical context, many of which will be played on a tuba euphonium.
“The name euphonium means beautiful sound,” he said. “It looks similar to a tuba, but smaller in size, hence the nickname the ‘tenor tuba.”
The recital is open to all students, faculty and staff and conveniently located between VSU’s main and north campus on N. Ashley Street. The recital is free to attend, giving the audience a chance to thoroughly enjoy Raybon’s music without touching their wallets.
“When going to a musical performance, a person should come empty ready to receive,” he said.” Hopefully, I will impart something wonderful.”
Raybon has predicted the recital to be around 20 to 30 minutes long. If attending, be sure to arrive on time to experience the full performance.
Raybon has requested his audience dress casual.
“I prefer a person to come just as you are,” Raybon said.
Raybon feels this solo recital is a great opportunity for growth. This might just be the last time students can witness their classmate music before he joins the other famous VSU alumni.
“People don’t fully recognize what an honor the word solo can be,” Christy Kirkland, VSU alumni, said. “As a theatre major having a solo meant everything.”