Dallas Brass performs tonight

By Julie Bayon September 18, 2013 04:55 pm

Dallas Brass, an instrumental group of brass and percussion players, kicks off the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association’s 2013–14 season tonight at 7:30 at Crescent Elk auditorium.

The program will range from classical to Dixieland, swing to Broadway, and Hollywood to patriotic. As an added treat, students from the Crescent Elk Middle School band will join the Dallas Brass on two numbers.  

Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments, including two trumpets, trom­bone, tuba and French horn with a full complement of drums and percussion, creating a performing entity of extraordinary range. 

According to Levine, “A Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95.  Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do.”

In addition to its solo engagements, the Dallas Brass has appeared with symphony orchestras nationwide such as the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops and the Philly Pops. The Dallas Brass has also performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East.  It has shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, has performed for presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, has appeared on the CBS “Early Show,” and its music has been used numerous times on the television show, “The Young and the Restless.”

The Dallas Brass’s passion for music today is a direct result of the band directors, private teachers and professional performers, who inspired them along the way. As a way of giving back and reaching young musicians, the Dallas Brass created an outreach program, “Music in the Schools.” Before tonight’s concert, the professional musicians will rehearse with the Crescent Elk Middle School band to help students learn the songs they will then play in the concert.  

The members of Dallas Brass come from Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. Founder Levine earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Julliard School. He also has invented a device called the WindMaster, which is marketed nationally to help wind instrument players develop their breathing technique.

Adult tickets at the door cost $15; season membership (four concerts) $45; children and students with ID admitted free.

Call 951-3102 or (541) 661-3390.