The news about the Milwaukee Festival Brass starting a youth British-style Brass Band is so good that it bears repeating. So here is the information again!
2009-2010 will be the inaugural year for the program. Membership is open to high school students who pass the audition. Auditions are open to any brass and percussion students who demonstrate a passion for music and are highly skilled on their instruments. Brass band music requires all of the brass musicians to learn treble clef and percussionists should be all around players as parts are rotated. F horn is not used in brass band and students will be asked to play e-flat tenor horns. Likewise, trumpet is not used and trumpeters will be asked to play cornet. Cornets, tenor horns and E-flat tuba will be provided.
The auditions for the Youth Brass Band will be held at the Lincoln School for the Arts, 820 E. Knapp Street in Milwaukee on Friday April 24th by appointment. For the audition, students will be asked to perform a 3-5 minute solo or etude, scales, double & triple tonguing and sight reading. Percussion will be asked to play drum set, timpani, and mallet percussion.
Call the Milwaukee Festival Brass to set up an audition appointment at 262-385-9627, OR visit their website at http://www.mfbrass.org/, to get more information. Questions can be emailed to: Director@mfbrass.org
I know one thing for sure. The students who make the Youth Brass Band will have great fun. Dr. Pat is a very good director, balancing fun with musical excellence. What a great thing for the Milwaukee area!