Winard Harper to Perform at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Recital Series presents Winard Harper on Monday, September 13 at 7:30 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium located in W. Burkette and Rose M. Raper Hall.

Jazz Drummer Winard Harper, founder of the Winard Harper Sextet, has performed with jazz legends including Ray Bryant, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pharoah Sanders, and Clifford Jordan. As a young child, Harper showed a natural talent for drumming. As his drumming evolved, he soon caught the attention of Betty Carter, and spent four years in her band. The Harper Sextet regularly appears in concert halls, festival, jazz cruises, and top jazz clubs nationally and internationally.

Harper’s latest album, Make It Happen, is a culmination of Harpers many talents as a performer, composer, and band leader.

University of Mount Olive hosts four Recital Series concerts each year, offering a variety of artists such as concert pianists, string quartets, jazz ensembles, opera singers, and chamber music ensembles.

Tickets for this event are $10 and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free for MOC students, faculty, and staff with ID. For more information, contact Stuart Burnham at 919-658-7166 or

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit