Merical, Lowe to Serve as Co-Field Commanders for GSC’s Marching Band

Two Glenville State College students will be serving as co-field commanders for the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band this semester. Evan Merical, a Millwood, West Virginia native, and Derrick Lowe, who hails from Chapmanville, West Virginia, will share the field commander duties. Together they are tasked with ensuring rehearsals run smoothly, helping the band director lead the band, and to keep up the morale of the band’s members.

“Being given the opportunity to be one of Glenville State College’s field commanders is a true honor,” said Merical. “There are many musicians in our department that are beyond capable of serving and to be selected out of a field with such strong talent is an honor and blessing.” Lowe echoed his sentiments saying, “I feel proud and honored to be a field commander of the marching band. It’s amazing to be in front of the band and have your head bombarded by all the beautiful music as they perform.”

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Glenville State College students Evan Merical and Derrick Lowe will be serving as co-field commanders for the Pioneer Marching Band this year | Photo by GSC Professor Emeritus Jim Meads

Both students have a strong appreciation when it comes to the musical arts. “My inspiration for music comes from a little church in Logan County called Orville Holiness Gospel Church. Until after a surgery, I was deaf for the first five years of my life. However, I remember distinctly being drawn toward the music because it was the first thing I technically ‘heard’ – I felt it more than anything. The energy behind the drums and just watching fingers make simple chords and feeling that sound…that was when music became more than just something to listen to. Music became a best friend to me,” Lowe said.

“We all as individuals have something that allows us to temporarily get away from all the stress of college classes, jobs, and our day-to-day lives. For myself, and many others in the Fine Arts Department, that ‘something’ is music. It allows us to express ourselves in ways words cannot,” said Merical.

The pair will trade off field commander duties and collaborate during performances. “We plan to share the duties by working together to accomplish and surpass the goals expected of us. From my perspective, Derrick is great at many of the things I am weaker at, and that only makes us more capable of success,” Merical said. “Evan is a really great guy and he’s easy to work with. If I don’t know an answer to a question, he usually does. It’s a pretty nice balance between the both of us,” Lowe added.

Merical, whose primary instrument is the alto saxophone, has been playing for 11 years. In addition to studying music performance at GSC, he’s also a business student working on majors in accounting, management, and marketing. After graduation he plans to find employment while working toward either a Master’s in Business Administration or a Master’s in Accountancy from Auburn University. He is the son of Connie and Willard Merical.

In addition to playing piano and guitar, Lowe mainly plays trombone – something he’s been doing for around nine years. The music education major also enjoys singing. After graduation he plans to continue on to graduate school for composition and arranging. He is the son of Alice and Denver Lowe.

“Evan and Derrick are conducting both themselves and the band with great professionalism. They are truly a dynamic duo!” said Marching Band Director Dr. Lloyd Bone.

For the innumerable followers of GSC’s Marching Band, the duo say to expect a great field show this year with many of the selections in tribute to the famous musicians lost in 2016. “Fans can expect the most diverse show that they’ve seen since in a while,” Lowe said. “And we may need to change the name from ‘Wall of Sound’ soon…we’re definitely something bigger than a wall this year. And it is glorious.”

After expressing interest in serving as field commander, the applicants take part in an audition day where they try out in front of a guest adjudicator. Candidates are expected to conduct a prepared piece and also to answer questions in regard to band leadership.

Dulcimer Maker Jim Good of Roane County Received the 2017 Vandalia Award

Jim Good, of Roane County, received the 2017 Vandalia Award on Friday, May 26, during the annual Vandalia Gathering at the State Capitol this year. The Vandalia Award is the highest folk life award that is presented by the state of West Virginia.  It celebrates the heritage, spirit and wonder of West Virginians who are dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of folk life traditions.

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Jim and Betty Woods maintain a 40-year instrument-making tradition at The Dulcimer Shoppe

For over 44 years, Good has been playing and making dulcimers in the hills of the Mountain State. A native of West Virginia, Good’s dulcimers have gained an international reputation. His work is a tribute to his creativity, ingenuity and talent.

Handcrafted with his own touch with native West Virginia hardwoods and exotic woods, these instruments produce one of the most unique sounds in the world. And, while exceptional musicians treasure the dulcimers made by Good, there are many young musicians whose first – only – and favorite dulcimer have come from Mastertone Dulcimers. He handcrafts each dulcimer with a beautiful arched top and bottom, producing one of the finest and most unique sounds of any dulcimer in the world.

Jim and his wife, Brenda, have been inducted into the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair Hall of Fame for their four decades of work with that event. Their dulcimers have won numerous awards and are cherished by some of the greatest dulcimers players in West Virginia and around the world. They have shared their dulcimers with the public at nearly every Vandalia Gathering since the first one in 1977.

The mountain dulcimer is one of the only musical instruments that emerged from the mountains of Appalachia and one of the few instruments that originated in the United States.​

Bone Receives GSC Faculty Award of Excellence

Glenville State College’s newest Faculty Award of Excellence recipient is Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone. He received the award at the 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor. The GSC faculty ranks are full of so many talented people who have been recognized nationally and internationally in their fields. There are so many deserving faculty and I am honored to represent all of them. However, it must be stated that awards like this do not happen in a vacuum. I would never have gotten to this point without the help of so many people. I first must thank my incredible wife of 22 years Susan and my children Casey, Tobias, and Phineas. They have sacrificed hundreds of hours of me being away. They are the ultimate blessing. Also, my previous teachers R. Winston Morris and Timothy Northcut and the fantastic mentorship from colleagues and friends. Also, our students and alumni. I would have never received this award without all of their hard work, care, passion, and love. Lastly, my mother and father who sacrificed so much for me to be in music; I will never be able to thank them enough,” Bone stated.

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr with Dr. Lloyd Bone (right)

A nomination from a current student called Bone, “the most influential and passionate instructor I have ever had” and noted that he, “loves and supports his students 100%, every day.” Another student said, “you will rarely find someone as open, accepting, warm, or inviting as Dr. Bone – he always has something encouraging to say to everyone.”

Bone has been a faculty member at GSC since 2004. In addition to his teaching duties, he also directs the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band, the Brass Ensemble, and the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. He has published the world’s first guide book for the euphonium, led several groups of GSC students around the world to meetings of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and was nominated for a Music Educator Award by the Grammy Foundation®. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Euphonium Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015. Shortly after arriving at GSC, Bone began the GSC Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival which will enter its tenth year this coming spring. The event has become very popular and attracts students from all over West Virginia.

Bone has led the Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble to five straight invitations and performances to the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Something that, in the history of the conference, only a small number of schools around the world have accomplished. He also was personally invited as a guest artist to these conferences in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013. The Ensemble also performed at the 2007 United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C., the 2013 Midwest Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Illinois State University, as well as several West Virginia state music conferences.

Due largely to his efforts, the GSC Brass Ensemble is invited annually to perform on the busiest shopping day of the year (the Saturday before Christmas) at the Town Center Mall in Charleston. The yearly repeat performances have garnered a popular following from shoppers all over the Charleston region who come out to hear the band perform.

During his years at GSC, Bone has been involved in numerous campus committees and social organizations such as the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Education), Baptist Campus Ministry, and as and a Cheerleading advisor. Along with members of the marching band, Bone has been to all home football games and GSC Homecoming Parades over the past 13 years, including when two of his children were born during the week of Homecoming. He directed GSC’s Pep Band for seven years, attending numerous men’s and women’s basketball games. However, according to Bone, his favorite part of being involved is through recruiting for the whole of GSC. “When I go out to speak to a high school band I am talking to potential students for all departments and often much more so than music as most bands usually only have a few students looking to major in music. I love representing the campus in this regard as my fellow faculty are so very easy to brag about with potential students!” he added.

“My favorite thing about teaching at GSC is hands down the students. We have the best students. They are some of the hardest working, determined, and caring individuals I have ever known. What many of them overcome to attain their education is just awe-inspiring. In short, our students are just blessings!” he said.

Each spring, the campus community is invited to nominate an outstanding faculty member for this award. Faculty Award of Excellence recipients must be full-time and have taught at GSC for at least two years to be eligible. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.

GSC Choir to Perform in New York City

Members of Glenville State College’s Chamber Singers group have been invited to perform a choral concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, New York. Their performance is scheduled to take place on June 01, 2017. 

The performance was arranged after Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Teresa Dody submitted an application for the group to perform at the historic cathedral. This included sending a photo of the group along with a recording and information about the ensemble. The recordings are then screened to choose the groups to be invited. St. Patrick’s has a history of fine musical performances and GSC’s Chamber Singers will be appearing as part of their Guest Choir Concert Series. The GSC Choir is also featured on St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s website.

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Members of GSC’s Chamber Singers (l-r) with statue Jordan Pierson, Derrick Lowe, Dravin Gibson; middle Clayton Swisher, Travis Myers, Erica Taylor, Trevor Wood, Lindsey Travis, Zaon Starseed, Scott Barber, Christian Bryant; front Sarah Brunty, Breanna Bennet, Faith Smith

“Our students are looking forward to the honor of performing such a concert series in one of our country’s most beautiful cathedrals,” said Dody. “Some are hoping to see a Broadway show, visit the National 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and experience a vibrant, adventure-filled city! I formerly lived in NYC and have performed there as a soloist many times so for me, it is exciting to show them my old home.”

The Chamber Singers are currently fundraising to help to cover the costs associated with the trip. Anyone interested in helping with the fundraiser can contact Dody by e-mail at , by calling her office at 304.462.6345, or the Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

New Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Program to Be Offered at GSC

Glenville State College will soon be home to a new concentration of study in its Fine Arts Department. The Jazz and Commercial Music Studies program is being designed for the student musician who also has a desire to study the business aspects of the music industry. In addition to the core music curriculum, students will be immersed in the study of jazz and American popular music history and theory. Additionally, students will be trained to improvise in a variety of styles including swing, bop, blues, fusion, and R&B.

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Glenville State College students showcasing their musical skills during a Jazz Band performance

Creativity and musical individuality will be explored through courses in composition and arranging. These skills will be on display as students perform in various jazz ensembles throughout the semester.

Along with the performance aspect in this concentration, students will also learn about the performance industry through various courses in music business, music technology, and recording/engineering.

“Whether students are looking to enhance their performance skills or if they’re interested in operating effectively within the music business, the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies concentration is designed to develop creative, well-rounded student musicians,” said GSC Fine Arts Department Chair Dr. Lloyd Bone.

The program should be available beginning in the fall of 2017.

For more information about any of the programs of study in the Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6340.

GSC Jazz Band to hold Third Annual Christmas Concert

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The Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts announces the third annual Jazz Band Christmas Concert on Friday, December 02 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

This year’s performance consists of two sets. The first set will include classic jazz band and swing music such as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and even more contemporary groups like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. After a brief intermission, the concert will resume with a set of Christmas classics played in a jazz style. There will be swing, latin, rock - a little something for everybody. Several of GSC’s talented student soloists will be featured, including vocalist Chelsea Hicks. This concert is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

“The purpose of this concert is to expose our little part of West Virginia to a uniquely American musical idiom in the live performance of jazz music,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Jason Barr. “At the same time, we want the community to come together to celebrate another great American tradition - enjoying the holiday season!”

The concert is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from the concert will help support the jazz ensembles at GSC. Funds from last year’s Christmas concert allowed members of the band to perform and recruit at high schools in the Putnam and Cabell County areas. New band stand fronts, which helps increase the visibility of both GSC and the Jazz Band, were also able to be purchased.

For more information, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

Travis to Perform Chamber Recital

Glenville State College junior music major Lindsey Travis will perform a chamber recital on Monday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

She will perform six selections with various ensembles including the Woodwind Trio, Woodwind Quintet, Flute Trio, Flute and Brass Trio, and a flute and saxophone duet. Derrick Lowe, a fellow music student, arranged a flute, trombone, and tuba trio for the recital.

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Travis is from New Milton, West Virginia and is the daughter of Robin and Smokey Travis.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 304.462.6340.

Ruppert to Hold Recital at GSC - Today

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Glenville State College Music Education major Megan Ruppert will perform a Chamber Recital on Monday, October 03, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

She is the daughter of Beverly and Tim Ruppert of Salem, West Virginia.

Ruppert will be performing four selections on the flute. Fellow students will accompany her performance on the bassoon, drums, flute, and clarinet.

The recital is free to attend and open to the public.

For more information, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

GSC Senior Recital on Flute Tonight

Mariah Daniels, a Music Education major at Glenville State College, will be performing her Senior Recital on flute this Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

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Selections include works by Hindemith, Davidovsky, and Haydn. A reception will follow in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Call 304.462.6340 for more information.

Chevron Appalachia to Sponsor Donna Ulisse Workshop

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Chevron Appalachia, LLC is sponsoring five time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse and her Songwriting Escape teaching team to teach a three hour workshop in Moundsville, West Virginia on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Vue Park Event Center at 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, WV. The focus of the workshop will be what Ulisse calls the “nuts and bolts of songwriting.“

The workshop was coordinated by Moundsville songwriter Jerry Andrews who attended Donna’s workshop in Glenville, WV earlier this year. He found it to be so beneficial that he wanted to bring the workshop to his own town and make it affordable for students to attend. He approached Chevron Appalachia and they were eager to be involved.

The workshop is normally $125.00 per person but because of the generosity of Chevron Appalachia it will be only $75.00 per adult and $25.00 per student. (middle school through college) Writers of all levels are welcome.

Ulisse’s team will consist of herself, Rick Stanley, Greg Davis with a new addition of Kathy Anderson who will focus on the basics of publishing and copyright which is always a major focus in the question and answer period. Between Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley they have had songs recorded by Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Claire Lynch, Larry Stephenson Band, Volume Five, Don Rigsby, Ralph Stanley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nu-Blue, The Bankesters as well as many of Donna’s top radio successes she has recorded. Donna Ulisse is also the author of the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process.

The day will be capped off with a community concert in Grand Vue Park Event Center by Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys. Tickets for the show are only $10.00 thanks to the Chevron Appalachia sponsorship of the whole day of events.

To register for the workshop or buy advance tickets for the concert call Jerry Andrews at 304.281.5776. Visit for additional information.

Donald Trump

Prince Wrote a Song About Donald Trump and It’s a Real Doozy

Prince was famously prolific, writing possibly thousands of songs that were never released and penning tons of music for other artists. That includes a recently remembered track called Donald Trump (Black Version), which was recorded by the Time, R&B legends in their own right.

As Buzzfeed notes, Prince biographer Matt Thorne cited the song as originally intended for the Time’s unreleased Corporate World album, which had “the theme of a black rewrite of Wall Street.” When that album was shelved by the label, Donald Trump (Black Version) was instead included on the group’s 1990 album Pandemonium.

The song is a syrupy ballad that falls somewhere between quiet storm and parody, which is fitting, since the Time straddled comedy with real musical chops. In any case, Time singer Morris Day’s over-the-top persona is a perfect match for Donald Trump, and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine he might say some of these lines if he were your love-ah, which, gross.

Have a listen to the song, below, then check out the lyrics beneath.


Honey baby, you truly know it. You truly know it.

You look good. Tryin’ your best to show it.

If I were you, I would. True love and affection.

These are nice, so nice but when a money man walks in the room, girl, you look more than twice.

You look once, you look twice. Can I rap to you sugar tonight?


Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.

A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.

Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.

A 1990’s love affair, the real romance.

Honey baby, you are the finest. I have seen.

And your disposition’s so kind you’re never mean.

Girl, you’re to good to be true. But last night when you were asleep, you slipped big time.

I heard you. You said your favorite color was green.

So guess what?

(repeat chorus)

Now look here baby. I ain’t tryin’ to be 90 proof.

But a super strong woman. She needs a super strong dude.

Sweet words of love are helpful.

But what goes a lot farther than that?

A hundred dollar dinner at Adriano’s?

A brand new coat or a brand new hat?

Yes, I can do this!

... Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.

Come on, come on take a chance.

.... A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.

I can fill your every dream, baby.

.... Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.

You and me, baby… and me!

.... A 1990’s love affair.

So many things.

... The real romance.

So many things.

.... Diamonds and pearls.

I wanna buy you things.

.... (Oooooh, I can hear you talkin’ to me baby)

.... Maybe that’s what you need.

‘cause I want all the other girls to bug.

.... A man that fulfills your every wish.

My name is Morris, baby.

.... Your every dream.

And I dig you. And when I dig somebody.

.... Donald Trump (black version).

They stay dug.

.... Come on take a chance.

They stay dug baby.

.... A 1990’s love affair, the real romance.

I… I… I… I got what you need baby.

Come on baby, come on take a chance.

GSC Concert Band Spring Performance Scheduled for Friday

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Glenville WV – Members of the Glenville State College Concert Band will be performing their spring concert on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

“The concert will feature a night of band standards and Hollywood favorites,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone, GSC Fine Arts Department Chair, Concert Band Director, and Assistant Professor of Music. “We decided to dedicate a large portion of the concert to Hollywood as the past year was one of the more notable in Hollywood history due to the records that the new installment of the Star Wars franchise set and the popularity of Jurassic World.”

Works will include Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and music from episodes IV, V, and VI of the Star Wars saga. The concert also will feature a large collection of blockbuster movie melodies and popular music and television tunes from the 1990s.

The concert is in conjunction with the 8th Annual GSC Honor Band and is attended by a very large number of high school and middle school students from around West Virginia.

Admission for GSC students will be free with IDs, and general admission will be by donation. For more information, contact Sheri Skidmore in the GSC Fine Arts Department at or 304.462.6340.

Did You Know?

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Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration party fails to win a single region in the latest balloting, after dominating the first round of voting following the extremist attacks in Paris.


The president plans to meet with his National Security Council on Monday, then give a public update on the fight against Islamic State militants, to start a week of security-related events.


The GOP presidential candidate emphasizes that his ban on Muslims entering the U.S. would be temporary.


Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and some other states have made it easier to obtain guns and carry them in more public places.


China’s advocacy for a global warming pact was due in part to its own needs to solve serious environmental problems - including air pollution woes.


Across the U.S., Sikhs are banding together with Muslims to defend their respective religions in the wake of the Paris and California attacks.


A black man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles deputies kept holding a pistol as he lay dying on the ground, authorities say.


It marks the first time in the country’s history that women cast ballots and ran in elections.


The “1989 World Tour LIVE” will be available free for streaming for Apple Music users on Dec. 20.


As stocking stuffers, the Manhattan emporium offers pieces of human skulls, muskrat-jaw jewelry and two-headed, stuffed birds wearing Santa hats.

First Lady Michelle Obama Urging Kids to Go to College

Did You Know?

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The FBI says that both the husband and wife had been radicalized “for quite some time” - but how or by whom remain unanswered questions.


The proposed ban - swiftly condemned by his rival GOP candidates - would apply to immigrants and visitors alike.


The investigation opens a city plagued for years by accusations of police brutality to broad federal scrutiny for the first time.


The price of a barrel of oil falls to $37.65, a nearly seven-year low.


A few dozen elderly men who survived the Japanese bombing 74 years ago gather at the site to remember fellow servicemen who didn’t make it.


The opposition is threatening to build a supermajority in the legislature and wrest power from President Maduro after 17 years of socialist rule.


Most of the “vast and varied” arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes in Syria and elsewhere was seized from the Iraqi army, Amnesty International says.


Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee for the 2016 awards with 11, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly.“


Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye have chosen the name Saint West for North’s younger brother.


Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey are the finalists for this year’s trophy.

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