The TRAILBLAZER BRASS BAND (TBB) is a new youth music ensemble for secondary brass and percussion students (ages 14-19) in the Twin Tiers of PA & NY. This ensemble affords area youth the opportunity to join the engaging world of brass band music in a side-by-side setting with members of the Mansfield University MOUNTAINEER BRASS BAND.
The TBB will utilize the British Brass Band repertoire, instrumentation, and tradition. . . with an American twist. Students will have opportunities to perform on British and American instruments. Almost all brass in a traditional brass band read transposed treble-clef parts (bass trombone is the exception), including low brass. Bass-clef parts will be made available, but bass-clef students will be encouraged to learn and read treble-clef parts. Brass students do need to supply their own instruments (the same as those used in school ensembles) – percussion will be provided.
The TBB rehearses on Monday evenings (6:30-8:00pm) in the Butler Music Center (Steadman Theater or Room 136) throughout the fall and spring semesters and presents one concert each semester. Future opportunities may include regional/national/international travel, competition at regional/national/international events, civic performances & services, workshops and masterclasses with MU music faculty and guest artists, private/group study on instruments, and joint performances with other youth ensembles.
There is no fee required to participate in this ensemble. A minimal cost may be necessary if members decide to purchase uniforms (t-shirts or collared knit shirts).
Instrumentation: Brass & Percussion
- Trumpets & Cornets
- Possible flugelhorn opportunities
- F Horns & E-flat Tenor Horns
- Baritones & Euphoniums
- Tubas in B-flat and E-flat
- Traditional drums, cymbals, mallet instruments, and other accessories
- Drum Set opportunities
Grades: 8-12 (approx. ages 14-19 – this is flexible)
Questions regarding the TBB can be directed to Dr. Nathan Rinnert, musical director, email@example.com.
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Trailblazer Brass Band Spring 2019 Rehearsal & Concert Information:
- Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm, Steadman Theater or Room 136, Butler Music Center, Mansfield University (18 Campus View Drive, Mansfield, PA 16933)
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- Spring 2019 Concert
- Friday, May 3, 7:30pm, Steadman Theater