Happy Summer Soltice! The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).
I am currently in Dallas eating alot of TexMex food and just enjoying having no obligations! I had a cool couple of weeks in late May into June. I traveled with the Fountain City Brass Band to Europe for a couple of concerts and competitions. We competed in the 2011 All-England International Masters at The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering. We received the 4th prize while the British Open champions, Tredegar, received the top honors. We also competed in the 2011 EuroBrass competition in Drachten, Belgium receiving 6th place for our efforts.
A notable concert for me was at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The trip was a fantastic experience, it is always an honor to perform with FCBB! Here is a youtube video of FCBB performing at EuroBrass, enjoy!
After returning home I had a couple of concerts. I hosted Star United at NKU for a concert of the 2011 show. The show is entitled I Like Tchaik: The music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The music selections include:
Pas De Deux from “The Nutcracker”
Finale from Symphony No. 4
We will have another preview show in Carmel, IN later in August before competing in the 2011 DCA Championships. Please check my events page for more info on this upcoming concert.
After Star United’s show, I traveled to Danville, KY to perform with the Lexington Brass Band at the 2011 Great American Brass Band Festival. It is a cool event that included many performances by great ensembles. I got to listen to the United States Marine Band Brass Choir (President’s Own), The Dodworth Saxhorn Band and Saxton Cornet Band, it was some incredible brass playing!
Next year is looking like an awesome year, I have alot of work to do this summer in preparation, but stay tuned for some exciting news about projects, concerts, etc. Happy Summer Peeps!