Dallas Brass to conduct clinic for students

Published 9:48 pm Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When The Dallas Brass comes to town, there’s much more to their appearance than meets the eye.

The quintet of nationally acclaimed musicians will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 26 at the Claudia Crosby Theater. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

Prior to their public concert, The Dallas Brass will conduct a clinic for high school honors band students at Troy University. Following the clinic, the students will rehearse a number to be performed with The Dallas Brass at the Friday night concert.

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Dr. Jim Zingara, Troy University associate professor of music, said educational outreach is an important part of what The Dallas Brass brings to town.

“Right now we have about 65 honors band students registered for the clinic and we expect to have around 100 to participate,” he said. “The musicians are coming from high schools at Goshen, Daleville, Brantley, Headland, T.R. Miller, Northview, Straughn and Montgomery.”

Zingara said The Dallas Brass quintet makes sure that the kids have a good time and learn more about what a professional musician has to be.

“It’s an honor and a thrill for these students to be able to play with The Dallas Brass,” Zingara said. “They will play ‘American Tableau,’ which is a patriotic medley that everyone will enjoy.”

The Troy University Trumpet Ensemble will also be a part of The Dallas Brass Concert.

“We’ll play a short prelude which will be a nice showcase for our kids,” Zingara said.

“It’s a Zulu folk song titled ‘Iphardisi.’ It’s a world premier piece that we’ve had on the backburner for about a year and we decided to unveil it. Joey Keener is our solo percussionist and we’ll do some singing and it will be a lot of fun.”

Zingara said The Dallas Brass incorporates percussion instruments into its concerts and that adds sparkle to the performances.

“The Dallas Brass concerts are exciting and there’s a lot of humor to them,” he said.

“Then they will do stuff that will impress you musically. They always wow their audiences. It will be a great concert and one that you won’t want to miss if you like anything brass.”