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The Brass Arts Quintet at Tennessee Tech University will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building, located on the TTU campus at 1150 N. Dixie Ave.

The program will feature members of the group in works from the '50s onward. The program explores the evolution of Rock and Roll music as an important influence on popular music, and features selections by important innovators including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

Program selections range from early Doo-Wop hits including "Duke of Earl" and "I Wonder Why" to "I am the Walrus" by the Beatles and "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris. A special aspect of the multimedia concert will be projections of important record album covers and photographs of the artists featured on the program.

TTU Trombone Professor Joshua Hauser, who serves as director of the group, says of the concert, "Brass Rocks! is our opportunity to showcase the brass quintet in music that appeals to all generations. Our show includes technical showpieces for each instrument of the quintet like Penny Lane by the Beatles, featuring Charlie on piccolo trumpet.

"Winston plays a great tuba version of I Want to Hold Your Hand and I get my chance to show off with a lovely setting of Blackbird. The concert will also include a special tribute to Elvis Presley that I wrote to feature Chris McCormick. We are also delighted to welcome our colleague and frequent collaborator Eric Willie on drumset for several numbers. Eric does a great version of the classic Wipe Out and he will also join us for Greg's horn feature on God Bless the Child by Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Don't Stop Believin' by Journey.

"Brass Rocks!" should be an entertaining and enjoyable evening for both the audience and the performers, and will appeal to all who enjoy listening to the sounds of brass chamber music. We look forward to seeing you here."

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