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USAF Brass In Blue Concert This Sunday

By Staff | Oct 14, 2010

Brass in Blue, a symphonic brass ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, will perform in Emmetsburg this Sunday. The concert begins at 2 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium.

“Tickets are still available at the newspaper office,” said Dan McCain, General Manager of The Reporter and The Democrat. “Even if you don’t have a ticket, you are welcome to attend anyway. We’ll have a seat for you.”

He added, “During the concert, we would like to recognize military personnel who have been deployed. Families can contact the newspaper office to give us their names.”

The concert will be like an afternoon at the circus. Brass in Blue will open with Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite, music by Karl King. The Elephant from “The Carnival of the Animals” and The Carnival of Venice are also on the program, along with Seventy-Six Trombones from “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson.

That Old Black Magic and Send in the Clowns are also on the program, along with the Rimski-Korsakov piece Flight of the Bumblebee. The afternoon concert will conclude with Amazing Grace and the Armed Services Medley.

Emmetsburg newspapers are sponsoring the afternoon concert, working with Aaron Phillips, Band Director at Emmetsburg High School.

Brass in Blue

Brass in Blue is a pioneering symphonic brass ensemble. Bringing the military tradition of brass and percussion to the concert stage with the unique addition of a vocalist, Brass in Blue presents an exhilarating and intimate program.

Representing more than 325,000 Air Force professionals, Brass in Blue showcases the service’s excellence and precision in every performance. Comprised of ten brass players, a percussionist and a vocalist, the ensemble maintains a rigorous performance schedule presenting a diverse repertoire featuring orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions and distinctive arrangements.

Brass in Blue is committed to music education and encouraging students in their musical endeavors. The ensemble’s unique approaches to rehearsals, programming and team-building have been shared with students and professionals across the United States. Brass in Blue always stresses that the group is greater than the sum of its parts.

“We have sponsored appearances by the USAF Heartland of America Band and the public really enjoyed the concert,” said McCain. “We look forward to hearing Brass in Blue this Sunday afternoon.”

Since their debut in February 2007, Brass in Blue has enjoyed tremendous success and earned a reputation as a premier brass ensemble in the Midwest. The group has twice performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, WY, and has been featured at the Organ Vesper Series in Omaha. In October 2008, Brass in Blue presented “Slides Across the Heartland” which featured world-renowned trombone soloist, Mr. Joseph Alessi, and 76 trombonists performing Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones” to much acclaim from military and civic leaders.