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The Hindenburg Experience plays the "Final Tango"

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:04


Marcus Constantino | The Parthenon

Left to Right: Brianna Williams, Jared Layman, Chris McConaha, Andrew O’Neal and John Bruce perform the Light(saber) Cavalry at Smith Music Hall, Monday.

The Hindenburg Experience, a Marshall University trombone quartet, performed a unique concert Monday night in Smith Recital Hall.

The goal of the concert was to provide the audience with a memorable, laugh-filled evening.

“We’ve always wanted to have a recital of our own,” Jared Layman, senior music education major, said. “It was just a dream of ours to do something ridiculous.”

Layman said that most of the ideas came from experimenting in rehearsals.

Andrew O’Neal, second-year graduate student, arranged most of the pieces, such as performances of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He also composed his own piece, “Song for Jared.”

O’Neal said the quartet started working on the pieces for the concert at the beginning of the semester, and rehearsed every day for the last eight days.

O’Neal, who graduates in May, said he hopes he’s left his mark, and that people will remember this concert and The Hindenburg Experience.

“Everyone I’ve talked to seemed to like it,” O’Neal said. “I think the laughter spoke for itself. Also good music. I think the good music legitimizes the humor.”

Layman and O’Neal are two of the original members of The Hindenburg Experience, which started in 2009.

“I wanted to have a trombone quartet,” Layman said.

Layman said he hopes the quartet continues after he and O’Neal have graduated.

“I hope the music continues,” Layman said. “I feel like we have a good group dynamic going, and I would hate to see it end.”

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