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Brass band to perform tonight at MU

HUNTINGTON — Under the direction of Dr. Michael Stroeher, the Brass Band of the Tri-State will perform its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Smith Music Recital Hall at Marshall University.

The ensemble performs traditional brass band music from England and North America, original pieces arranged specifically for the band, musicals, marches, orchestral transcriptions, Salvation Army Band music and other popular selections. The Brass Band of the Tri-State is also a proud member of the prestigious North American Brass Band Association.

Tonight’s concert will open with the Scottish Air, Charlie Is My Darling, followed by an arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Arioso, with Philip Sparke’s multi-movement, Music for a Festival, rounding out the first half. The second half will open with another Philip Sparke multi-movement work, The Four Noble Truths, with an arrangement of the spiritual Deep River concluding the show.

The Brass Band of the Tri-State has been in existence for 23 years, and is comprised of amateur musicians from across the Tri-State and beyond. The band performs throughout the year and has won numerous awards on the international level at North America Brass Band Association competitions. There is also a wide range of people involved in the band, including retirees, community members of numerous professions and Marshall University music students.

The band rehearses from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Vinson Middle School band room in Westmoreland. The group is also seeking new members, and anyone who is interested in joining or receiving additional information can visit the Brass Band of the Tri-State Facebook page or email Rick Roenne at fluglman@comcast.net.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. There will, however, be a free-will offering with all proceeds going to the purchase of new music.