Wingate University Wind Ensemble plays tribute to Dr. Byrns Coleman

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Wingate, N.C. – The Wingate University Wind Ensemble has commissioned a piece of music to be dedicated to Dr. G. Byrns Coleman in honor of his 50th year of teaching at the University. Coleman serves as religion professor and chair of the religion and philosophy department.

The commissioned piece was composed by Dr. William G. Harbinson, theory professor and retired Dean of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. The work is based on one of Coleman's favorite hymns, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and is entitled "All Our Sins and Griefs to Bear."

The Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of this piece at a free concert on Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact Dawn Perry, director of bands and assistant professor of music at 704-233-8307 or

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers more than 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.