Brass musicians invited to attend Westminster’s annual Brass Extravaganza

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Brass musicians

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WC)–  Brass musicians of all ages are invited to attend Westminster College’s 2019 Brass Extravaganza from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the College’s Will W. Orr Auditorium.

The event is open to anyone who plays a brass instrument, any age and any level. The general public is also invited to attend the performances scheduled throughout the day.

In addition to performing, participants will also enjoy guest performances and masterclasses by Conspiratus Brass Duo, the Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet and Ashley Hall.

Conspiratus Brass will perform at 10:30 a.m. in the Orr Auditorium Mezzanine. Dr. Jim Johnson, trumpet, and Dr. Kiirsi Maunula Johnson, horn, make up the versatile brass duo. The pair, both faculty members at the University of Akron’s School of Music, regularly collaborate with colleagues in the promotion and commission of contemporary North American brass chamber repertoire. Through regular recitals and clinics, Conspiratus Brass shares the works of modern American composers with the newest generations of musicians across the country.

The Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet will perform a recital at 12 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The quintet consists of Dr. Timothy Winfield, assistant professor of music, on trumpet; Dr. R. Tad Greig, professor of music and director of bands, on trombone; Heather Johnson, adjunct music professor, on horn; Bob Antonucci, adjunct music professor, on tuba; and Terry Gale, professional regional musician, on trumpet.

Hall will wrap up the day’s performances at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. In addition to being an internationally-renowned trumpet soloist, chamber musician, clinician and coach, she is principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and a trumpet professor at the Longy School of Music in Massachusetts. She manages the School’s Career Coaching Program, which is designed to help students craft meaningful careers in the arts that are congruous with their personal values and goals. Hall has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony, among others.

A minor Tune Up Brass Repair will be on site throughout the day for repairs and ultrasonic cleanings.

The day is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for participants, as well.

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