Dallas Brass to hold artist in residence program, concert in Hastings
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Dallas Brass, one of America’s foremost musical ensembles, is coming to Hastings Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 to serve as artist in residence at Hastings Public Schools. They will conduct master classes with Hastings College students and perform, both on their own and in a concert with students.
The group, founded by Michael Levine in 1983, plays traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which allows them to access a wide range of styles including classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. They have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, appeared on the CBS “Early Show” and their music has been used numerous times on a television show. Levine played the trombone for the group until he became director in 2015.
On Monday, Sept. 12 members of the Dallas Brass will work with Hastings Middle School and Hastings Senior High School students, participating in their artist in residence program.
Then at 6 p.m., the group will hold a mini-performance and an informal question and answer session at First Presbyterian Church (621 N. Lincoln Avenue), in conjunction with the Hastings Community Music Academy. Desserts will be available for those in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Dallas Brass will conduct masterclasses for Hastings College music students. They will play, teach and talk about entrepreneurship, and share their philosophy of music education.
The Dallas Brass in Concert begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Hastings Senior High School auditorium (1100 W. 14th Street). It will feature the Dallas Brass and include special performances by students from Hastings Middle School, Hastings High School and Hastings College. The concert is free and open to the public.
Sponsors who are supporting the Dallas Brass events in Hastings include the Hastings Public Schools Foundation, Hastings Community Arts Council, Nebraska Arts Council, Hastings Public Schools Music Department, First Presbyterian Church, Hastings Band Parents, Hastings College Music, Coach’s Corner, Hastings College Foundation and the Hastings Community Music Academy.
More information on the Dallas Brass can be found online at DallasBrass.com.
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