TTU's Brass Arts Quintet to be in concert on Feb. 28

The Brass Arts Quintet at Tennessee Tech University will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The program will feature quintet trumpeter Charles Decker as well as guests Greg Danner, on horn, and Eric J. Willie, on percussion.

The concert will be divided into two parts, one by the quintet performing Malcolm Forsyth’s Golyardes’ Grounde, three pieces by Maurice Ravel including the haunting Piece en Form de Habenera, featuring Decker, and the Quintet by Michael Kamen.

The second part of the program will bring in Danner on horn to join the quintet to perform three works for brass sextet: Divertimento for brass and timpani by Heinrich Gattermeyer, with Willie on timpani, Sextet for Brass by Oskar Böhme, and Sandpoint Rag by Gunther Schuller.

TTU professor of trombone Joshua Hauser said, “We always look forward to the opportunity to work with our colleagues on other instruments, and we thought that this would be a perfect chance to showcase some of our favorite compositions for brass sextet.”

“I’m also particularly excited by Michael Kamen’s Quintet,” Hauser continued.

“While mostly known as a film composer for such movies as Mr. Holland’s Opus, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard, Kamen also composed several works for other mediums,” he explained. “The Quintet was commissioned by the Canadian Brass on 2001 and was one of his last compositions. It has a very majestic quality that is truly engaging.”

Members of the quintet are: Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpets; Jennifer Kummer, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and Winston Morris, tuba.