Henderson State NuFusion
NuFusion, is the name of Henderson State University’s annual Spring semester jazz ensemble project. Henderson’s jazz program is unique in its contrasting repertoire between semesters. In the fall, the jazz ensemble focuses on traditional and contemporary big band styles from current, all the way back to the Big Band Era. In Spring semesters, the ensemble presents a unique project centered around student arrangements of a much wider variety of styles, which culminates each year in a late-April outdoor concert, with professional sound and lighting on the beautiful Henderson Quad. The NuFusion project features Henderson’s big band and vocalists, presenting student arrangements of tunes by jazz, rock, pop, and other styles of artists. NuFusion is often an eclectic mix of songs and pieces, but the student group is always energetic and accessible to a large range of audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Rick Dimond, the NuFusion project is frequently asked to perform at regional events around Arkansas, most notably the Hot Springs JazzFest.
NuFusion is a high-energy large ensemble made up of the top music students from Henderson State University, located in nearby Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Under the creative leadership of the multi-talented Rick Dimond (Acoustisin), NuFusion plays a remarkably wide catalog, from the rock hits of Maroon 5, No Doubt and Smashing Pumpkins, to the classic charts of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and Nat King Cole. A crowd-pleasing feature of NuFusion concerts is the group of talented vocalists who front the band. It’s also impressive to know that these students arrange the music they perform. NuFusion is so favored they have become a JazzFest regular.