Humboldt Bay Brass Band

Please join the Humboldt Bay Brass Band for an evening of music composed or arranged for brass and percussion, and for a very special musical observance of Veterans Day culminating with the playing of United States service songs on Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. Repertoire has been selected from several centuries of great music, and will include compositions by J.S. Bach, Rossini and Bruckner, as well as Moore, Mighton, and Meacham, with many arrangements by HBBB founder Gil Cline. This is a concert that appeals to all ages that you won’t want to miss! $8 General, $5 Senior/Child, FREE for HSU students with ID. Humboldt Bay Brass Band is a research project within the brass ensemble program of the HSU Music Department, and was formed by HSU Music Professor Gil Cline in 2004 after a sabbatical trip by g.c. to England to visit museums and instrument collections, brass makers, brass bands, and the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. Since then, HBBB has explored the British Brass Band repertory, music in brass history back to antiquity, premiered many of our own compositions and arrangements, recorded a full-length audio CD, formed brass quintets from within the band, and participated in a brass band festival in Seattle — in total, exploring centuries of historic music. Proper “brass bands” have a standard instrumentation of 25 brass players and 3 percussionists, for competitive purposes in the U.K., and for standardized published music — of which there is a LOT in print! Forsaking woodwinds, all the brass parts, even tubas (basses!), are in treble clef so that as with saxophone, players may switch instruments and read with the same fingerings. The light, facile conical cornet rules here. As with orchestra or band, the topmost parts are handled by multiple players, five counting First & Soprano cornets. Second & Third cornets provide the body of upper harmony. Horns include the three Tenors but also two Baritones and the Flugelhorn + Repiano — up to seven for the low alto and middle tenor range. Euphonium is a “power” instrument, also responsible for many solos. Trombones are the only “cylindrical bore” brass in the band and provide zing and zest. Basses are often divided into octaves and are capable of basso resonance like that of pipe organ. Percussion these days cover a plethora of contemporary sounds. Brass ensembles at HSU have included quartets, quintets, and project groups using historic brass such as cornetti and sackbuts (trombones). HSU has a long tradition of Chamber Music, the setting of the true “Musicians’ Musician” — with payoff to the player in terms of responsibility and reward, almost endless. The HSU brass ensembles have recorded three full-length audio CDs and have been reviewed and noted in publications of the Historic Brass Society and the International Trumpet Guild. Performance settings have included churches, basilica, “tower music” with carillons (in bell towers), at Stanford and UC Berkeley, numerous California missions, and other concerts in California and Oregon. In 2012 Trumpet Consort von Humboldt, (baroque trumpets) performed in New York City at the international Historic Brass Society Symposium. In 2016 TCvH presented regional concerts in Fortuna and Ashland, and in July 2017 performed at the 2017 H.B.S. Symposium, again in New York City.

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