JMU Brass Band

JMU Brass Band

Friday, April 27 @ 8 p.m., Concert Hall

This final concert of the season features the JMU Brass Band performing Peter Graham’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.” British trombone virtuoso Brett Baker, who is the principal trombonist of the world famous Black Dyke Band, will perform Johan de Meij’s “T-Bone Concerto.”

The JMU Brass Band is the university’s premiere brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States. The band recently competed in the North American Brass Band Championships, placing 3rd in the top Championship Section. In 2009, the group became the first brass band to perform a full-length concert at The Kennedy Center.

President of the British Trombone Society and a clinician for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, Brett Baker is viewed as one of Europe’s leading brass performers and educators, and is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new solo repertoire for his genre. He is the most recorded trombone soloist in the UK, and by the age of 24 had won every major British brass band competition. Originally from Gloucestershire, in 1992 Brett moved north to study at Salford University, simultaneously joining the Fairey Band and having many contest successes. He studied with Professor David King, whilst also taking Business Economics. In 2000, he was invited to join the Black Dyke Band, under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Childs, having further contest successes. As well as a playing schedule of 100 concerts a year, Brett enjoys presenting workshops specializing in solo performance.

In addition to his work as a performer, he is also acquiring a burgeoning reputation as a conductor and adjudicator. Having associations with many youth bands in the North of England, Brett has also achieved contest success with Northop, Ratby and Longridge bands. As an adjudicator, Brett has judged many competitions and festivals including the International Trombone Association in the USA and the National Solo Championships in Switzerland. In the brass band arena, he has adjudicated at the Championship section level in Wychavon Festival of Brass; Buxton Festival; The Cornish Brass Band Association; and the Scottish Area Regional Championships. Brett has been keen to promote new music for the trombone and has been involved with over sixty commissions for the trombone.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credits cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $4 in person at the box office only with student ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets are not available online. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pickup at the Will Call window.

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