Saint Louis Brass
Dispelling the myth that its kind of music is aimed solely at classical music lovers, the Saint Louis Brass will present a program of nice variety when it appears at Angelo State University.
Take two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone, and a tuba - put them in the hands of virtuoso performers - add some lighthearted demonstrations - and you have the Saint Louis Brass.
The concert starts as any concert might, but as it moves along the music gets lighter and the Quintet presents the humorous demonstrations for which it is famous.
The program will feature American composers of both jazz and classical genre. The Quintet has commissioned two jazz oriented arrangements - an arrangement of Louis Armstrong favorites together with a new commission: “Four Times Five” by young American composer Joshua Hobbs. Allan Dean has written many of the arrangements including some songs and music of the Renaissance plus tangos by the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla. A popular favorite is “Animal Ditties” by Anthony Plog, in which the brass music is used to accompany the clever Ogden Nash poems about animals.
The Saint Louis Brass has been performing since 1964 throughout the country and continues to thrive as a top-notch ensemble. Members of the group include trumpet players Allan Dean, from Yale University and Ray Sasaki from UT Austin, Jeff Nelsen played horn with Canadian Brass for eight years before becoming a professor at Indiana University. Melvyn Jennings, formerly with the Saint Louis Symphony, plays trombone and the tubist is Indiana University’s Daniel Perantoni. Several of the members are well known as soloists and clinicians and also perform with Summit Brass.