The Great American Brass Band Festival will host its annual Brass Symposium on Friday, June 7. This year, the symposium will celebrate the trombone, aligning with the festival's 2013 theme, "Slides Rule." The informative and entertaining event will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre on Centre College campus, in Danville, Ky.
The Brass Symposium represents a continuation and transformation of the GABBF's Band History Conference. Experts in trombone, brass, and brass band performance, literature and history will present a wide range of short concerts laced with informative discussion and reflection.
Soloists include some of the world's finest trombonists: Wycliffe Gordon, Brett Baker, Scott Hartmann and Martin McCain. The award-winning university-level Black Dyke Band Youth Trombone Quartet from England and Commonwealth Trombones—made up of trombone professors from Kentucky's major music programs—will offer an amazing variety of trombone ensemble music. A GABBF favorite, Millennium Brass Quintet, returns to the festival for the centerpiece luncheon concert, backing up its own Scott Hartmann. Two outstanding British-style brass bands round out the line up: The Georgia Brass Band and the Lexington Brass Band.
The registration fee is $75 per person, and covers all concerts, conference materials and programs, lunch and coffee breaks.
The GABBF is cooperating with local and state education offices so that delegates may apply for continuing education credit for having been fully involved in the Brass Symposium, and by extension, the entire GABBF. Watch for further details at gabbf.org.
The following schedule is subject to adjustment:
BRASS SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Friday, June 7, 2013
8:30-8:50 a.m. - Registration in Lobby
8:55 a.m. - Welcome and Announcements: Ronald Holz, Conference Host
9-9:35 a.m. - Keynote Presentation: The Black Dyke Band Youth Trombone Quartet, with Brett Baker (United Kingdom)
9:40-10:20 a.m. - Bass Trombone Recital: Martin McCain, soloist, with Artina McCain, Piano
10:20-10:50 a.m. - Coffee Break-Fellowship-Visit Exhibits
10:50-11:50 a.m. - Sing It First: Performance Practice and the Trombonist: Wycliffe Gordon, Trombone soloist
12-1 p.m. - Lunch in the lobby of Newlin Hall
12:10-12:50 p.m. - Luncheon Concert: Millennium Brass, with trombone soloist Scott Hartmann
1:05-1:45 p.m. - Revisiting Leidzén's pace-setting Concertino for Brass Band and Trombone: Ronald Holz, presenter. With Brad Kerns, trombone, and the Lexington Brass Band
1:55-2:35 p.m. - Mini Concert: Brett Baker, Trombone, with Georgia Brass Band (Joe Johnson, director)
2:40-3:10 p.m. - Coffee Break-Fellowship-Exhibits
3:15-3:55 p.m. - Trombone Ensemble Potpourri: Commonwealth Trombones, featuring faculty from Kentucky university trombone studios
4-4:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion: With Audience by Today's Presenters and Performers; Ronald Holz, moderator