The new year brings new opportunities, and 2012 is no exception. If you know of a budding musician between the ages of 11 and 17, you'll be interested to know that the Milwaukee Festival Youth Brass has openings in all sections. The Youth Brass is an extension of the Milwaukee Festival Brass to introduce young musicians to the music of the British Brass Band, but it also trains the members for virtuoso brass and percussion performance.
The Youth Brass is under the direction of Dr. Walter H. Rich. Dr. Rich is currently on the faculty of Edgewood College, where he conducts their concert band. He also conducts the Sheboygan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Ocomonowoc American Legion Band. As a Tubist, he performs with the Sheboygan Symphony and the Smashing Tubas Quartet.
I got to see the Youth Brass perform at the Milwaukee Festival Brass Christmas concert in December, and they are a high quality group, but a bit small. A few more members will fill out the sound quite nicely. Be sure to pass this information on to young musicians you know.
The Milwaukee Festival Brass website has more details.