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Brass Band World Magazine is an online independent magazine for the brass instrument world. This magazine is written for everybody from players and conductors to music students and music lovers. For the past fifteen years, we have been providing the latest news about the brass instrument world. Check back frequently to read up on all the latest brass band related news.
The Latest Brass Band Member of the United States Air Force Band is Lead Conductor for First American Concert Tour
January 23, 2012
In West Palm Beach Florida, the latest member of the United States Air Force Band is leading the Ceremonial Brass Band as the conductor of the entire band during their premier American concert tour. This tour is from January 11-23 and is occurring all throughout Florida.
Brass Band Delivers a Random Act of Kindness on Most Depressing Day of the Year
January 24th, 2012
January 23rd, Last Monday, January 23rd, was called “Blue Monday”. Blue Monday is meant to be the most sad and depressing day of the entire year. To combat the blues, the U.S.-based hotel chain called Best Western organized a brass band flash mob to try to cheer up sad Londoners.
This campaign was created by the SHARP agency, and was designed to increase bookings with the chain between January and March, and includes a discount of up to 50%.
To raise awareness of the advertising campaign, the chain has been organizing a series of “random acts of kindness”, which began with a brass band in London playing the song “It’s Not Unusual” to help to cheer up the crowd in London. The campaign organizers also offered gifts from the Fudge Kitchen and as well as train tickets from Red Spotted Hanky. There were also hotel stays randomly handed out to people on the street.
Check out the video of the Brass Band flash mob below:
January 21st, 2012
The U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Quintet Performs a Music Clinic for Students from Palm Beach Atlantic University
In a visit to the Palm Beach Atlantic University, the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Quintet gave a clinic for twenty-five students from the local university, Palm Beach Atlantic. During the clinic, the Brass Quintet performed five pieces for the students, answered questions, and worked with the university’s local brass quintet to help improve their brass band music playing style.
Former Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, Edward Gregson, Will Write Major Symphony for Brass
January 24, 2012
This week, a very important announcement for brass players and lovers alike. Edward Gregson has accepted a commission to write one of the biggest symphonies written thus far for a brass band. The symphony was commissioned with funds from Youth Music and the Ty Cerd Music Center at Wales to celebrate the anniversary of the National Brass Band.
Edward Gregson is a major player and composer and is famous in Brass Band history. He was the former Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music. For his symphony, Gregson will compose “Symphony in Two Movements for Brass Band” Gregson stated he was “delighted to accept” the commission to honor the anniversary. This symphony marks a resurgence for the renowned artist, as in the past 20 years, he has only written 3 works for brass bands.
Phillip Biggs, The administrator of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Phillip Briggs, explains this commission is quite significant.
This new commission is believed to be a work which will be a valued contribution to the current brass band repertoire.
Jazz Central Grows into a Hotspot for Jazz in the Twin Cities
January 24th, 2012
Jazz Central, located in Northeast Minneapolis, was originally meant to be a a teaching and rehearsing space for local musicians in the Twin Cities areas. Now, it has grown up to be one the biggest hot spots in the area for jazz.
Performances are hosted at least weekly, if not more frequently. These performances are by both jazz veterans, and talented newcomers to the genre.
How did it grow so fast in popularity? It was the Monday night “Featured Artists” sessions that really put Jazz Central on the radar, according to the co-owner. This weekly session filled a gap for artists and listeners alike. These sessions are led by co-owners Marc Santiago and Tanner Taylor. The series will often present a unique combination of the best musicians in the local area.
The music usually begins at around 8:30. The Jazz Central is a private space with no bar, kitchen, or cover charge. Attendees are welcome to bring their own alcohol, and donations are accepted to cover the cost of running the space. It is also available to rent for events.