"Brassy...and Classy"

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    USA NEWS - Lexington Brass Band
    "Brassy……and Classy!"


    Brass music and “classy” aren’t always two words you hear in the same sentence, but we are going to change all that! Come and be a part of a class and brass afternoon of music as The Lexington Brass Band performs music of the greats, from the best of J.S. Bach to Rossini’s William Tell. Nationally recognized and acclaimed violinist Zack Brock returns to our stage as guest soloist of the day. We’ll wrap the whole show up with some spectacular Sousa marches, including The Stars and Stripes Forever.

    Zack Brock’s career has taken off since he last soloed with the band over 8 years ago. He’s now featured in Downbeat magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and of course in the city of Chicago, where he now makes most of his music. At our concert Zack will be presenting several stunning unaccompanied sets for solo violin, plus joining the band for the grand finale.

    Four arrangers from within the band will share recent efforts, especially made for the Lexington Brass Band. David Henderson has scored Arthur Pryor’s witty Razzazza Mazzazza for our Trombone section. Mike West has resurrected a classic Sousa march, Who’s Who In Navy Blue. Our director, Ron Holz, has edited two outstanding Bach works: 1) the chorale Komm süsser Tod, and the Prelude in A Minor from WTC II. Finally, we will repeat the highly successful transcription of the Finale to Act II and Maypole Dances from Howard Hanson’s opera Merry Mount, as constructed by our brass trombonist Louis Bourgois. Other classy-but-brassy fare includes Eric Ball’s Petite Suite de Ballet, a terrific original work for brass, and the dashing Galop from Rossini’s William Tell Overture, an excerpt made famous recently in the British film Brassed Off!

    The Lexington Brass Band opens their 2005—06 season with the concert Brassy…and Classy!, guest soloist Zack Brock, violin, on Sunday, November 6th, at 4:00 PM, Centenary Church, 2800 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, $5.00 General admission. Tickets available at the door. For further information contact: 859-858-3877 or 859-858-3511 Ext. 2246; email: ronald.holz@asbury.edu

    The Lexington Brass Band

    The Lexington Brass Band has been hailed as one of the finest brass bands within North America. The band has gained international recognition for its performances in its 14 years of existence as a non-profit arts ensemble. A high honor came to the band in the spring of 2000 when they were featured at the prestigious All England Masters Brass Band Festival in Cambridge, England. They were the first member band of the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) to be so honored, having been invited to perform at the Gala Concert. The band took a 10-day concert tour in connection with this invitation (May 25—June 5) , which included recording for BBC Radio 2, a nation-wide Broadcast released June 30, 2000.

    Further measure of the group’s success included their acclaimed invitational performance at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois (December 1997). In May of 1998 they were featured at the International Trumpet Guild’s annual convention, with the outstanding British cornet virtuoso, Roger Webster, as their guest. They have three times been featured as a headline group, 1998, 2001,and 2003 on the Main Stage at the Great American Brass Band Festival. The band is a member of the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council. This coming April they have been asked to present, for the third time, the Gala Concert at the annual conference of the North American Brass Band Association, this year in Louisville, KY.

    Lexington Brass draws its membership from the brass faculties of area colleges and universities (at present Asbury, Berea, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky State, Morehead State), public school music educators, students, and talented amateurs from a variety of professions. The group performs a regular subscription concert series each year, featuring not only the outstanding soloists from within the group but has included some of the world’s finest brass soloists.

    They have made several compact discs, their most recent entitled Opus 3, and Images In Brass, dynamic programs featuring the many talented soloists in the band, and Master Brass 2000, including highlights of their acclaimed concerts in Cambridge, England. Their first CD, Good Company, also features the outstanding soloists in the band as well as Philip Smith (Principal Trumpet - New York Philharmonic) and Vincent DiMartino, Artist-in-Residence at Centre College and a founding member of the Lexington Brass Band.

    The Music Director: Dr. Ronald Holz, Ph.D., holds the rank of professor of music literature and instrumental music at Asbury College, where he oversees the music history, composition/arranging, and chamber music programs and conducts the college orchestra. A noted music historian, in the field of brass music, a world-traveled conductor/clinician, he has served two terms as president of the North American Brass Band Association. He continues to write extensively about the British brass band and its music, and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities of this musical subculture. He also directs the Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) Brass Band of Asbury College, an extracurricular ensemble. His graduate training in historical musicology was completed at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Connecticut.
     

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