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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 21, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
As part of the Louisiana Crossroads series, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wind Ensemble will be performing with the Marcia Ball Band on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Angelle Auditorium.

Louisiana Crossroads is a concert series, record label and economic development project of the Acadiana Arts Council and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority as well as numerous public and corporate sponsors. Tickets to the event are $10 and may be ordered online at www.louisianacrossroads.org

Marcia Ball, a native of Vinton, Louisiana, is an accomplished pianist and singer. Her recorded debut was Circuit Queen, in 1978.

Her album, Sing It! was released in January 1998 and was nominated for a Grammy. Aside from her own musical styling, Ball also appears as a featured singer with Cajun country legends the Hackberry Ramblers on their recent Deep Water album, where she makes her recording debut singing in Cajun French.

Ball has appeared at virtually every major festival in the United States and Europe, received glowing reviews in all major music publications, and been featured on leading radio and television programs around the globe. She received the 1998 W.C. Handy Blues Award for Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and was nominated again in 2000 as well, for Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards. In 1999, Marcia and her band appeared In Performance At The White House along with B.B King and Della Reese which was broadcast nationally on WETA Public Television.

The UL Lafayette Wind Ensemble is recognized internationally for its versatility and musicianship. Performances can range from formal concerts in gowns and tuxedos, to pop concerts in shirt-sleeves, standing shows, strolling serenades, parades and international festivals. In the past decade the band has toured France twice, and most recently, the Central Highlands of Mexico.

In November they were featured at the Louisiana Music Educators Association conference. Recently they have shared the stage with The Wayfaring Strangers, Michael Doucet and David Greeley.

Document last revised Wednesday, February 21, 2007 8:50 AM

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