10 January 2007

Hora Decima (USA)

The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble is dedicated to the presentation,promotion, and preservation of music for brass instruments. In today'sworld of the internet, MTV, videocassettes, and synthesizers, accousticinstrument groups face stiff competition. While there are many smallerbrass groups performing today, the appearance of a large brass ensembleis a rare event. Sometimes symphony orchestras will feature their brasssections in one or two selections in an orchestra concert, but fullconcert programs by large brass groups are seldom heard outside ofcollege music departments. The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble is the onlylarge brass ensemble of professional players in the New York City areathat plays together on a regular basis.
Founded thirteen years ago by trombonist David Chamberlain, theHDBE began as a workshop experience for professional players to enjoybrass literature. The most common reaction of the musicians was, "Wow,I haven't had a chance to do this since I was in school!"
Regular monthly readings led to a desire to share this great sound withthe public. The HDBE has appeared at the New York Brass Conference andseveral area churches and universities. Members of the group haveperformed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,Orchestra of St. Luke's, Fairfield Orchestra, several Broadway shows,recordings, and with such artists as Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, andTito Puente.

"Within the first few seconds of the Widdoes, the listener knows that this is something special. [the Nilovic Double Concerto] is simply amazing. The recording quality for the entire CD is spectacular and all the performers sound superb."
-International Trumpet Guild Journal

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