Boston Brass to perform at TTU on Jan. 25

A bit of Boston is coming to Tennessee Tech University with a concert by Boston Brass in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The members of this quintet aim to achieve new levels in brass performance — from exciting classical arrangements and breath-taking vocal harmony to burning jazz standards — while treating audiences to a unique musical experience that captivates all ages.

A review in the Charleston Daily Mail suggests that “’more powerful than a speeding locomotive’ would be a pretty fair way to describe the Boston Brass concert.”

And the Rapid City Journal describes the group as “a quintet of versatile musicians who richly earned the standing ovation they received at the end of their excellent and entertaining program.”

Boston Brass, whose members include Jeff Conner, Andrew Hitz, Lance LaDuke, J.D. Shaw and Jose Sibaja, strives to transcend the traditional mores of brass ensemble literature to achieve a simple goal — entertain, with blistering precision, at all costs.

Presenting more than 100 concerts annually, the group has performed for audiences in such cities as Tokyo, Singapore, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles, and it has provided master classes at such renowned institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Syracuse, Yale and U.C.L.A.

Boston Brass has also helped raise more than $100,000 for VH1’s Save the Music program that provides musical instruments to schools in need.

The group has been featured on CBS’s The Morning Show and National Public Radio’s Performance Today and The Great American Brass Band Festival. It has recorded several albums.

A Center Stage event, the concert at TTU is free and open to the public.

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