GWU to Present Distinguished Tuba Player in Concert

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John William Banther to Perform on Gardner-Webb Campus on April 7

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University will host renowned tuba player and music educator John William Banther for a Distinguished Artist concert on Tuesday, April 7. The show is free, open to the public and will begin at 8 p.m. in Blanton Auditorium in GWU’s Hamrick Hall.

Banther has performed opera, classical, rhythm and blues, Dixieland and beat-box tuba styles in North America, South America and in Europe. He has worked as a soloist and with ensembles such as The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Also an educator, Banther operates a private studio in the Washington, D.C. area, offering instruction to students who consistently perform in top ensembles, all-county and all-state bands. He regularly presents master classes at universities and public schools throughout the United States. Banther is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.

For more information on Banther’s show at Gardner-Webb, call 704-466-4710 or email Dr. Patricia Sparti, chair of the University’s music department, at

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4253 or email with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University offers a comprehensive academic experience that introduces students to the diverse world of ideas and to the people who think them, preparing them for career success and for engaged, responsible citizenship in their professional, civic, and spiritual communities.