Last night, the Air Force Brass in Blue gave a fantastic performance at the Englert Theater in Iowa City. This group is comprised of four trumpets, two horns, two trombones, one euphonium, one tuba, one percussionist and one vocalist. Recently, all 60-piece Air Force bands were reduced to 45, which limits the wind ensemble, but has led to this very unique solution – the Brass in Blue. This group, which is part of the Air Foce “Heartland of America” band is based at Offut Air Force Base in Nebraska, tours eight months out of the year. Their repertoire ranges from original works for brass choir from composers such as Ewazen and Turrin, to arrangements of marches, orchestral works, and big band style jazz standards. Today, Staff Segeant Matt Erickson, the leader and trombonist with the band spoke at my Advanced Brass Ensemble Literature class. It’s great to hear about brass ensembles doing well, performing a lot, and presenting quality music. It was also really nice to see University of Iowa students playing along side the Brass in Blue.
[re-posted from ABEL Central]