Faculty Brass Quintet gives a contemporary look at brass music

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Faculty Brass Quintet gives a contemporary look at brass music

Director of Bands Brian Walden performs alongside Dr. Stephen Lawson during the Faculty Brass Quintet in Smith Recital Hall, February 11, 2016.

Director of Bands Brian Walden performs alongside Dr. Stephen Lawson during the Faculty Brass Quintet in Smith Recital Hall, February 11, 2016.

Ryan Fischer

Director of Bands Brian Walden performs alongside Dr. Stephen Lawson during the Faculty Brass Quintet in Smith Recital Hall, February 11, 2016.

Ryan Fischer

Ryan Fischer

Director of Bands Brian Walden performs alongside Dr. Stephen Lawson during the Faculty Brass Quintet in Smith Recital Hall, February 11, 2016.

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Professors from the School of Music and Theatre had the Marshall University Faculty Brass Quintet on Thursday in Smith Recital Hall.

The scene was set with motifs from each of the faculty members to individually introduce the members of the quintet, leading into a brisk introductory piece that laid the groundwork for the larger, four-part from Jorgensen.

“They probably wont recognize the first two numbers,” Walden said. “After the intermission we come back with a transcription of a Bach Fugue, which is a very popular melody.”

The modern opening made was atypical of the quintet’s normal introductory performance, as they normally begin with a fanfare according to Dr. Stephen Lawson.

Graduate student Tyler Davis joined the quintet on tuba for the performance, giving him the unusual opportunity to experience performing with a traditionally faculty-based group.

Walden said this decision was based on the adjunct tuba professor’s unavailability.

“We’ve known Tyler since he was a freshman and now he’s a graduate student, a very fine player and a really nice guy so it was really easy to have him work with us,” Lawson said.

Davis will perform his Masters Recital on March 31 in Smith Music Hall.

Director of Bands Brian Walden said a wide variety of arrangements would be presented to give the audience a taste of each instrument, with some solo time for each of the instruments.

“I think the most interesting part about listening to a group like this is that you get a really good demonstration, a full array, of what each instrument is capable of doing,” Walden said.

Ryan Fischer can be contacted at [email protected]

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