NWC News Desk

It's all brass in Saturday, Feb. 7, concert at Northwest College

Posted January 29, 2008

P O W E L L,  W y o. - In what might be the largest showing of brass players in Park County's history, trumpeters and trombone players will gather at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, to perform in a free concert at the Nelson Performing Arts Center at Northwest College in Powell.

Featured solo artists are Fred Powell and James Robertson.

Powell, a trumpeter, is a member of the Artisans in Brass and has toured with the Boston Brass, BrassWorks and numerous Broadway musicals. He's also performed with several bands and symphonies. Robertson is a professor of low brass at Montana State University-Billings. An active soloist and performer, he is principal trombonist with the Billings Symphony and also a member of the Yellowstone Brass Quintet.

The trumpets will mass on stage to perform the college song "Gaudeamus Igitur," plus Bach's enduring "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and others works, under the baton of Neil Hansen, director of bands at Northwest College. The Trombone Choir, led by Richard Parmer, an NWC adjunct trombone instructor, will present "Shenandoah," Mouret's "Rondeau," "Fanfare" by Schmidt, and others.

The two groups will merge for a thundering rendition of Stravinsky's "Final Hymn from Firebird."

The concert culminates the 2009 Trumpet Festival and Trombone Day, filled with clinics, competitions, demonstrations, displays and more.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information. Admission is free for the entire day's activities, including the evening concert.