Brass quintet to play free concert at Adams State

(03-29-2010)

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The Adams State College Music Department presents a free concert by Stellar Brass, a brass quintet with the United State Air Force Academy Band. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in Leon Memorial Hall on the Adams State College campus. The group will host an open master class at 2 p.m. in Leon Memorial Hall. Free tickets are available at the Adams State Music Office and the Alamosa Valley Courier Office. Tickets are required for entrance.

Dr. Jamie VanValkenburg, director of bands, helped to organize the event. "This is one of the best brass bands in the country, and they are going to be in Alamosa."

Described by the International Trumpet Guild as "an ensemble full of variety, panache and virtuosity," Stellar Brass combines percussion instruments with a traditional brass quintet, resulting in an original and innovative musical ensemble performing a broad range of eclectic, musical styles. These styles include music from the Renaissance period, American folk songs and dances, Latin styles, orchestral transcriptions and Dixieland. In performances, Stellar Brass magically and instantly transforms into many different forms: from a marching band, to a jazz band, and even to barbershop quartet! As truly one of the most popular and outstanding ensembles of its kind in North America, Stellar Brass list of achievements is long and impressive: internationally distributed audio and video recordings and broadcasts; nationally recognized and respected as clinicians, presenting university, college, and high school master classes; performances at civic and military ceremonies; performances at prestigious symposia such as the International Trumpet Guild Convention, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic and Conference; and highly-coveted public performances at major concert halls throughout America, including Carnegie Hall in New York.

For more information call the Department of Music at 719-587-7621.

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