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January 2008

Release Date: January 3, 2008

Performances and Classes to Highlight ASU Brass Festival

Angelo State University’s Department of Art and Music will host its annual Brass Festival, highlighted by performances and instruction by a renowned soloist and a military quintet, Saturday, Jan. 12, in the ASU Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.

Special guests for the festival will include euphonium virtuoso Dr. Brian Bowman and the U.S. Air Force ensemble Gateway Brass. Activities will include master classes for trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba and euphonium, plus solo and ensemble coaching for students preparing for contest and recitals by the guest clinicians. The festival will culminate with a group brass performance by the students, teachers and guests.

Registration for the festival begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 and activities will conclude about 3:30 p.m. All classes, recitals and performances are open free to all brass performers and the public. Musicians are encouraged to bring their horns and participate in activities throughout the day.

Over his storied career, Bowman has been a member of the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Bicentennial Bands. In addition to a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 1976, he has performed as a soloist with Lexington Kentucky Symphony, the Sapporo Japan Symphony Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. His solo career has also taken him to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and China. Currently, Bowman is a professor of euphonium in the Instrumental Studies Division at the University of North Texas.

Gateway Brass is a quintet from the U.S. Air Force Band of the West stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. Over the years, its members have performed with numerous symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, touring shows and contemporary popular artists. The group has also been featured at the New York Brass Conference and Boston University’s Tanglewood Music Center. Gateway Brass travels more than 20,000 miles annually, appearing in more than 100 public concerts and clinics throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arizona and New Mexico.

For more information, call Dr. Edward Surface in the ASU Art and Music Department at 942-2044, Ext. 236.