POWELL, Wyo. ─ Trumpet and trombone players from across the Big Horn Basin are polishing their instruments for the 2015 Northwest College Brass Festival Saturday, Feb. 7.
Brass players of all ages are invited to improve their playing through this rare opportunity and to contribute their sounds to the trumpet and trombone ensembles concert. Ensemble rehearsal begins at 4 p.m.in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
The day-long event features a warm-up session with the artists at 10 a.m., a brass quintet performance by The Usual Suspects at 1:15 p.m., clinician presentations at 2 p.m. and a trumpet master class at 3 p.m. Instruments from Hill Music will also be on display. The festival culminates in a free public concert at 7 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
Trumpet clinician for the day is Douglas Bull, music department program director at Casper College, who directs the bands, brass ensemble and studio brass classes. Trombone players will learn from guest artist Joshua Lampkins, a freelance musician from Bozeman, Montana.
“All players middle school age and older who want to improve their technique or who just want to blow their horns are welcome,” Robert Rumbolz, associate professor of music at NWC, said. “There’s a lot to learn from these guest artists and clinicians.”
Robert Rumbolz encourages brass players across the Big Horn Basin to email or call him at 307-754-6426 to get instructions for downloading the ensemble music. NWC low brass instructor Rick Parmer can be reached by email or at 307-202-0438.
Codirected by Rumbolz and Parmer, the festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on the event and the artists, follow the online “Festivals” link.