TTU Brass Arts Quintet concert to honor Civil War Sesquicentennial

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, September 27 2011
lshull@tntech.edu

thumb BAQ_formal_photoTennessee Tech University’s Brass Arts Quintet will play music that was popular during the Civil War in a free multimedia concert.

The music, including marches and dances played by bands on both sides of the conflict, will be combined with period photographs illustrating the role of brass bands in social and military settings.

“In this sesquicentennial year of the American Civil War, we wanted to revive the music of the era for these extremely popular brass bands,” said TTU trumpet professor and quintet member Charles Decker. “Turning back the clock with this authentic music and photographs is a trip back in time for audiences.”

Completing the quintet with Decker are TTU professors Chris McCormick, trumpet; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone and R. Winston Morris, tuba.

Brass bands dominated the music scene from 1840 to 1880, before concert bands with woodwinds, brass and percussion developed at the end of the century. The brass bands ranged in size from five to 24 members.

The Brass Arts Quintet has appeared on nationally-televised concert specials and has recorded music with Mark Recordings.

The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus.