08 April 2011

Trombones de Costa Rica

TROMBONES DE COSTA RICA, winners of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau ´s Special Price in Germany in 1999, is one of the most innovative and virtuosistic brass ensembles of the American Continent.

Since its foundation in 1991, TCR has distinguished itself for its clear projection to varied audiences through recitals and educational programs. The variety of this group’s repertoire is evident in their recordings entitled Contrastes, Imágenes, Trombonismos and Latinoamérica which present a mix of standard classical and Costa Rican music. In addition, the ensemble has commissioned works from composers worldwide.

¨I can assure that the Costa Rican Trombone Quartet is one of the most interesting brass ensembles I have heard in years¨ said the famed saxophone virtuoso Paquito D´Rivera after witnessing a recording session of the ensemble.

TCR has traveled extensively throughout the American continent the Caribbean and Europe. In addition to ensemble recitals, TCR has performed as guest soloist ensemble with mayor ensembles such as the Costa Rican National Symphony, the United States Army Band, the Oregon State University Symphonic Band, the Carroll College Wind Ensemble, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, San José National Band and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble.

International Trombone Festival June 2011 (USA)

Welcome to ITF 2011: 40th Anniversary in Nashville
''It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to ITF 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is where Henry Romersa started it all as the International Trombone Workshop 40 years ago. Some of you will remember the first nine years at Peabody College before it became part of Vanderbilt University and then another eight at Belmont College (now University).''

This year's 40th Anniversary ITF will honor the traditions of "Inspiring Virtuosity" with some of those folks who made the early International Trombone Workshops a success while pointing the way for the next 40 years with a line up that is truly inspirational.

Vanderbilt University and its Blair School of Music are proud to serve as the host site for ITF with nearby Belmont providing the venue for most of the Jr. ITF activities with Dr. Jeff Phillips in the lead. Music City is the home of all types of music with collaboration and cooperation being a local tradition that will be in full display during the Festival.


05 April 2011

Brass Quintet of the USAF Reserve

The Brass Quintet is the most versatile small ensemble of the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, they are equally at home performing everything from Renaissance and Baroque music all the way to jazz, popular music, marches and patriotic selections. The group is also dedicated to performing original compositions for Brass Quintet, frequently performing such pieces as David Sampson's "Morning Music," and Eric Ewazen's "Frost Fire."

A mainstay of the "Hay House in Music" chamber music series in Macon, GA, the Brass Quintet performs a variety of different community relations concerts throughout the southeast. All of the group's members are dedicated to music education, sharing their enthusiasm and expertise in a lively education program presented to young audiences across America. The Quintet also provides clinics and master classes to secondary school and college students. The Brass Quintet was featured in performance in 1999 & 2001 at the Brass Quintet Competition, 2000 Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, and Festival of the Americas in Athens, Georgia. They have worked with some of the best brass quintet artists in the industry, such as Atlanta Symphony Brass, Allan Dean, Fred Mills, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble.

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