Brass players are invited to improve their playing during this year’s Northwest College Brass Festival Saturday, Feb. 4.
Festival attendance is free for all high school, college and adult trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium and tuba players.
Jeannie Little, low brass professor and director of the University Band at Montana State University-Bozeman, will tutor area low brass players. Trumpet players will learn from guest artist Sarah Stoneback, who teaches applied trumpet and theory courses at Montana State University-Bozeman.
The day-long event features a warm-up with the artists at 10 a.m., a brass quartet performance by The Usual Suspects at 1:15 p.m., clinician presentations at 2 p.m. and a trumpet master class at 2:30 p.m. Instruments and music literature provided by Tom Bibbey Music will also be on display.
Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute their sounds to a trumpet and low brass ensemble evening concert. Ensemble rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
The festival culminates in a free public concert at 7 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
Robert Rumbolz, associate professor of music at NWC, encourages brass players across the Big Horn Basin to contact him at 307-754-6426 or Robert.Rumbolz@nwc.edu to get instructions for downloading the ensemble music. NWC low brass instructor Rick Parmer can be reached at 307-202-0438 or Richard.Parmer@nwc.edu.
Codirected by Rumbolz and Parmer, the Northwest College Brass Festival is made possible by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on the events and the artists, follow the online “Festivals” link at www.northwestmusic.org.