LTCA presents brass quintet

January 31, 2013


– Photo by Tyler Brown

Staff Reporter


Quintet is their name and brass is their game.


The Louisiana Tech Concert Association presented the St. Louis Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts.


Cherrie Sciro, co-director for LTCA, said the decision to get this band to come perform was due in part to the brass section in the School of Performing Arts. The brass section is the part of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments.


“When we look at seasons, we try to make selections that would fit in with what the community would enjoy, but also what our students would gain and learn most from,” she said. “This group was particularly kind and agreed to do a master class for us.”


The quintet is an all-male band that has been traveling, performing and conducting workshops and classes since 1964, said Allan Dean, professor of music at Yale School of Music. He is also a trumpet player for the band.


“I became a member in 1984,” he said. “I’ve played with brass quintets my whole life since I started professionally.”


Like Dean, two of the band’s other members are professors at universities as well.


The other two members have different professions. One is the executive director of Primo Concerts, which handles bookings for the band and two other groups, and the final member is a soloist who has performed internationally.


Dean said the five of them have been playing together for fifteen years and they play a variety of instruments, which include the trumpet, the horn, the tuba and the trombone.


“We all know each other and we don’t have auditions so when someone has to leave we just call on our friends,” he said.


Performing, however, is not these band members’ fulltime jobs, he added.


“We don’t make a lot of money doing this,” he said. “We all have our own jobs back home that make us our money but it’s a lot of fun.”


He said they play 15-25 concerts a year which split into about two to three tours a year, each about a week long. The particular tour that brought them to Tech is a 10-day tour, however they were only at Tech for one day.


“Ten days is a long time for us but we have a great time doing it,” he said. “We all get along very well and we say it’s because we only see each other 25 days a year.”


Most of their performances are at universities and their audiences consist of students and community members, Dean said.


“We do classes for the students during our tours, like we did one for the brass students at Tech,” he said. “We do that every day.”


Dean said they are mostly classical players, but they also do some jazz and he does some early music, he said. Early music is any music that is historical which requires reconstruction before performing.


“I play Renaissance instruments, so I do a lot of that,” he said. “We’re all basically classical players though. We do new music, old music, jazz, and a little bit of everything. That’s what brass players do more than anything.”


With the band’s talent and fame, it still was not considerably difficult to book them for this performance, Sciro said.


“We booked them about this time last year,” she said. “We tag-teamed on with some other notable performing arts centers that were presenting them.”


She said she was so thrilled to have the band come perform for Tech students and the community.


“I am absolutely gaga about horn players and about brass,” she said. “These guys are just phenomenal and entertaining.”


They play a variety of different styles of entertainment and instruments in many ways, she added, which were showcased in their performance.


“I hope the students got an experience,” she said. “We can’t ask for anything more for our students to have, which is our purpose with LTCA, to bring to our community of students and citizens an opportunity to invest in a cultural experience that they may not otherwise have.”


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