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Release Date: Oct. 24, 2008ASU Logo

ASU Brass Festival to Feature Brass Quintet, Euphonium Virtuoso

A professional brass quintet and a euphonium virtuoso will highlight the Angelo State University Brass Festival Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Robert and Nona Carr Education-Fine Arts building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Synergy Brass, a professional brass quintet from Boston, Mass., and Dr. Brian Bowman, a professor of euphonium in the instrumental studies division at the University of North Texas, will perform at the festival.

The ASU Brass Choir will kick off the festival with a concert, which is open free to the public, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the ASU Auditorium, 2601 W. Ave. N.

The Brass Choir, directed of Dr. Edward Surface, assistant professor of music, will feature works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Edward Elger and Steven Winteregg. The group will premiere a new work titled “Suite for Brass Choir,” written for the ASU ensemble by Justin Sharp, a doctoral student in music composition at the University of Texas.

The ASU Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Irish, associate professor of music at ASU, will present works from the Baroque era to today’s cutting-edge music. The performance will include a brass arrangement of Pachelbel’s “Canon” by a member of the ensemble to be announced at the concert.

Classes will be conducted for music students on Friday and the festival activities will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 15, with registration set for 9 a.m. in the spine of the Carr Education-EFA Building. Non-ASU students will be charged a $10 fee at registration, said Surface.

Saturday’s activities will include master classes on trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba and euphonium. Students preparing for contests also can receive solo and ensemble coaching. In addition, recitals by guest clinicians and a massed brass performance of students, teachers and guest clinicians will be held during the day until 3:30 p.m.

Bowman has been a member of the United States Navy Band, the United States Air Force Band and the United States Bicentennial Band. He played a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 1976 and performed as a soloist with the symphony in Lexington, Ky., the Sapporo, Japan Symphony Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. He has performed in all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Synergy Brass, which performs nearly 300 programs a year, also educates musicians by presenting master classes and events at colleges and conservatories. They have appeared at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School, Rice University, the University of North Texas, Eastman School of Music and the University of California-Los Angeles, among others.

For more information, call 942-2085 or visit the ASU Brass Web page at and click on “ASU Brass Festival.”