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Black Composers Recital

Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus

Room 6120 McCarthy Auditorium

Monday, February 26, 2024 at 7:30pm

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Coordinator

 

Suite No. 1......................................................................................................................... Francis Johnson (1792-1844)

  • Captain J. Mountfort’s Kent Bugle Slow March (1822)
  • The Death of Willis
  • Washington Gray’s Kent Bugle Slow March

 

Brass Ensemble, Professor Brian Neal, Conductor

 

Trumpets

Victor DeArmas

Adrian Guevara

Dayana Sanchez

Daniel Torre

French Horns

Nicholas Arencibia

Gianella Honore

Bass Trombone

Jaden Chairez

Trombones

Hytritonee Lamp-Moseley

Joseph Roca

Bryan Albear

 

 

Deep River.................................................................................................................... Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949)

Richard Thomas, Voice

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Piano

 

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands..................................................... Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

Sheneil Lewin, Voice

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Piano

 

Ticklin Toes......................................................................................................................... Florence Price (1887-1953)

Galia Bermudez, Piano

 

Tarantella............................................................................................................................. Florence Price (1887-1953)

Charles Vernon, Piano

 

Skip...................................................................................................................................................... Errollyn Wallen (1958)

Waltz...................................................................................................................................... Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)

Nickolas Cuevas, Clarinet

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Piano

 

Sonata in E minor, II. Andante................................................................................ Florence Price (1887-1953)

Randy Valiente, Piano

 

 

Andante con espressione........................................................................................... Florence Price (1887-1953)

Dr. Melissa Lesniak, Violin

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Piano

 

Waltz Charming............................................................................................................... Florence Price (1887-1953)

Album Leaf........................................................................................................................... Florence Price (1887-1953)

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Piano

 

Preludes for Strings, Flute, and Piano...................................................... William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Moderately Fast

Moderately Slow

Delicately

Energetically

Adagio for Strings.......................................................................................................... George Walker (1922-2018)

Wai-O, Wai-O (Haitian Folk Song)..................................................................................... Arranged by John Jost

Sankofa Chamber Ensemble

 

LaKeisha Frith, Violin I

Ambar Contreras, Violin II

Cesare Turner, Viola

Starina Dhaiti, Cello

Zacherie Small, Bass

Bryan Morgan Smith, Flute

Professor Kevin Wayne Bumpers, Piano

 

 

Francis Johnson - https://youtu.be/tNtHfBggyhw?si=BThoZrDEj8RmboFD

Harry T. Burleigh - https://youtu.be/w1li1YGIcww?si=cgP6rlAuQO7smd7B

Joseph Bologne – https://youtu.be/vHsEVihv0pg?si=pbmt1As9DiU7047z

Florence Price – https://youtu.be/O65IQkRz3bk?si=FlwrUsJh2kGAQJHA

William Grant Still – https://youtu.be/PYPFUZ8buf8?si=Y1Hgpp7WA9MkWkcI

George Walker – https://youtu.be/tYnEXI3WyRQ?si=X0Ws6c0PXHSCCjj5

Margaret Bonds - https://youtu.be/uivi9UnkRcQ?si=5niIJhEgilYJ8VHK

Charles Lloyd - https://www.charles-lloyd-jr.com/biography

Oscar Peterson - https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/oscar-peterson

Errollyn Wallen – https://youtu.be/qoty_6llL_g?si=iPQ438Btb4hNwVnv

                                               

 

Kevin Wayne Bumpers is a concert pianist holding both a bachelor’s and master’s Degree in piano
performance from the University of South Alabama and The Florida State University. He has done
post graduate studies at the University of Miami. His teachers include Mrs. Katie B. Armstrong,
Dr. Edward Daniel, Mr. Leonard Mastrogiacomo, Mr. James Stream and Dr. J.B. Floyd.

He is an award-winning pianist. At the age of 18, He made is concert stage debut performing the
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barry
Douglas. He has won several Piano Competitions including the Tourgee DeBose National Piano
Competition, Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt, Mobile Music Teachers Scholarship Competition, and
the Florida Music Teachers Association College Competition.

Mr. Bumpers is a full-time tenured faculty member and has been head of the keyboard area at
Miami Dade College Kendall Campus since 1991 at the rank of Full Professor. He was awarded
the prestigious Robert H. McCabe Endowed Teaching Chair in 1999 at Miami Dade College for
his teaching excellence. In 2006 Mr. Bumpers received a Fulbright Scholarship to Ghana, West
Africa to study traditional religious music in their various dialects. He is the founder and director
of the Miami Dade College High School Piano Competition. He is the former choir director of the
award-winning JUBA Gospel Ensemble of Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. His choir
recorded their first compact disc in March 1996 and filmed their first live television concert for
Public Television in May, 1997. They have been featured on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show on the
BET Network and the Spanish Channel Telemundo.

Mr. Bumpers is a composer and arranger. He has written three books of piano solo arrangements
of Popular Hymns and Christmas Hymns and recorded CDs of the tunes as well. He was
commissioned to write two songs for the Miami Children’s Choir and his choral works have been
performed by local and international choirs.

He has shared the performance stage with several national recording artists such as Yolanda
Adams, Shirley Caesar, Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin. He has entertained such dignitaries as
Alex Haley, Henry Kissinger, Rosa Parks, and Governor George Wallace. He served as the
Religious Music Coordinator for the NAACP National Convention on Miami Beach in 2003.

He is a strong advocate of black composers’ classical music and recently performed with the New
Canon Chamber Ensemble premiering Margaret Bond’s cantata “Simon Bore the Cross.” He is
scheduled to record the recently discovered and newly published piano compositions of African
American composer Florence Beatrice Price.

Mr. Bumpers is a sought after classical and gospel pianist, accompanist, music workshop clinician
and an adjudicator of talent competitions. He maintains a private piano studio in Miami, Florida
and has been a leader in church music ministry for over forty plus years. He presently serves as
Minister of Music at St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church in Opa Locka, Florida. He is married
to Katrina Battle Bumpers, and they have three children, Kevin, Karina and Kami.

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