Brandon Lefrancois

Brandon LefrançoisDrummer Brandon Lefrançois will join the SoCA jazz combo for a performance at the November 23 Artistry of Windsor-Essex Reception.

Campus community contributing to cultural celebration

Students, faculty and alumni of UWindsor arts programs will showcase their talents during the Artistry of Windsor-Essex Reception.

Xylophonist Brandon Lefrancois and marimbist Chris ChamberlainXylophonist Brandon Lefrancois and marimbist Chris Chamberlain share the 2015 Ianni Memorial Scholarship in Music Performance. Photo by Colin Sharpe.

Percussion duo takes the prize in performance

Percussionists Christopher Chamberlain (marimba) and Brandon Lefrancois (xylophone) are the 2015 recipients of the Ron W. Ianni Memorial Scholarship in Music Performance.

The two, both students of professor Nicholas Papador, joined forces to perform the rhythmic and intricate work Carousel before a full house at the Music Building on Sunday afternoon.

Nine musicians representing each instrument area competed for the scholarship after attaining top grades in the December performance juries. The $500 annual award is open only to full-time students enrolled in a music degree program. It was established by Mina Grossman-Ianni, who was on hand to enjoy the performances, and the School of Music in 2005 to honour the late president of the University of Windsor (1983-1996).

A panel of three jurors—Philip Adamson, Jonathan Bayley and Elspeth Maynard—assessed the finalists and announced the winner at the conclusion of the recital.

Windsor band juggling life and school during busiest year to date

After releasing a debut EP, producing its first music video and playing several opening gigs for bigger Canadian acts, Windsor-based alternative rock band Pulp City Inn has had its busiest year yet.

Band members—lead singer Justin Zuccato, guitar player Darryl Festa, bass player Brandon Zuccato and drummer Brandon Lefrancois—have been struggling to juggle their academic and musical careers.