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Published: Wed Feb 16, 2005

The Brass Arts Quintet will be in concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature music composed for brass from Russia, England, and the United States, and will include two works arranged specifically for the ensemble.

Among the featured works of the program are Victor Ewald’s “Quintet for Brass,” which is a classic piece for quintet that was composed in the late romantic style, and Joseph Horowitz’s “Music Hall Suite,” a humorous piece that sets variety show acts to music.

TTU’s newly appointed saxophone professor Phil Barham will join the brass faculty for the show. Barham has appeared throughout the United States as a soloist and recitalist, and at the Feb. 23 show, he will perform Holcombe’s “Blues Concerto,” originally composed for the U.S. Navy Band of Washington, D.C.

“This program will feature a huge range of works – from pieces composed at the English courts of the Renaissance to contemporary jazz,” said Charles Decker, quintet coordinator. “It’s particularly exciting for us to have phenomenal saxophone soloist Phil Barham joining us.”

Members of the Brass Arts Quintet are TTU brass faculty Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpets; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and R. Winston Morris, tuba.

The quintet recently released its latest compact disc recording, “Shazam!,” and has appeared on concert specials broadcast nationally on public television stations.