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This preview has been provided by Triangle Brass Band.
Our local brass band organization, the Triangle Brass Bands, comprised of one adult band, three youth bands and one youth percussion ensemble, are heading to Indiana, in early April, for the North American Brass Band Association Championships. Here they meet competition from countless other bands and ensembles, vying for the top spot among North American brass bands. The groups roll-out their competition repertoire for the local audiences to hear and appreciate in the coming weeks.
The Triangle Brass Band, directed by Tony Granados, and the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Sagolla-Slamp, perform on March 3rd, at 4:00 pm at the Cary Arts Center Theatre. The three Triangle Youth Bands perform two weeks later, on March 17th, at 4:00 pm in Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh.
Since the competition judging is "blind" (judges sit behind screens, so that they do not know which bands they are listening to), pre-competition secrecy is crucial, and bands are not allowed to pre-advertise the "optional" parts of their competition programs. However, both concerts will include interesting – and challenging – literature that shows the organizations at their best.
On March 3rd, the Youth Percussion Ensemble opens the afternoon with NABBA solos and ensembles (which can be pre-announced), including "Sofapilla" by Chuck Riccotta. The three percussionists from the Triangle Brass Band form an ensemble to perform "Steel Mask," by Casey Sagolla-Slamp, which was commissioned by Triangle Brass Band member Wayne Vaughn, to be played on an original sculpture. During the second half of the program, the Triangle Brass Band features UNC-Pembroke Low Brass Professor, Joanna Hersey, on "Flight for Tuba and Brass Band," by Peter Meechan, and performs their sectional test piece, "Chorale and Toccata," by Stephen Bulla.
Two weeks later, you can hear the Triangle Youth J. Perry Watson Brass Band (Jesse Rackley) perform "Renaissance," by Peter Graham. The Triangle Youth Brass Band (Matt Edwards) is competing with the selection "Lucid Perspective." The Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band (Robin Gorham) is entering in a section where there is no set test piece, making the entirety of their program "top secret." Come and hear music that's so good that it must be kept secret beforehand, and cheer-on our local groups, as they head to the competition!
Best in Brass and Percussion March 3rd 4:00 pm Cary Arts Center Theatre 101 Dry Ave., Cary
Concert tickets are available on-line through etix:
or at the door ($12.50 adult, $7.50 senior/student plus tax and processing fees). Cash, check and charge are accepted.
For concert information visit the group's web page at https://trianglebrass.org/concerts/2018-19-season/best-in-brass-and-percussion/
For the Youth Bands' concert (NABBA Showcase), visit http://trianglebrass.org/concerts/2018-19-season/nabba-showcase/