APOLLO CHAMBER BRASS
Andrew Bishop, Trumpets
Donald R. Williams, Trumpets
Jason M. Johnston, Horn
Jeff Craig, Trombone
Charles D. Ortega, Tuba
As graduate residents at the CU Boulder School of Music, the Apollo Chamber Brass Quintet found a lifelong mission in the advancement of music through their performances and educational offerings. WIth a wide ranging repertoire and light-hearted approach to musical style, the Apollo Brass Quintet appeals to all ages with their engaging, educational and always innovative approach to programming.
PROGRAM: A family-friendly selection of classical and jazz works including Johann Sebastian Bach, Brian Balmages, Victor Ewald, Erroll Garner, Lew Pollack, and Fats Waller
This concert is generously underwritten by:
Ed & Betsy Marston
James & Carol Schott
Sue Ellen Gary & Al Haack
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Apollo Chamber Brass
In the summer of 2007, the Apollo Chamber Brass was tied for 1st Runner-Up for the Aspen Music Festival’s Brass Quintet Fellowship. This Fellowship is considered to be the most competitive and extensive chamber music seminar of its kind, with a 9 week tuition free mentorship with the American Brass Quintet. Also in 2007, they were guest artists for the Rocky Mountain States Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference. In August 2006, they completed a two week, fully sponsored tour of the Ohio Valley , where they performed at various colleges, universities, schools, and churches throughout Ohio , Pennsylvania , and West Virginia . And, in June 2006, they performed at the International TubaEuphonium Conference at the University of Denver. In addition to establishing a Concert Series (2005) in partnership with the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont , CO , they are also Ensemble-In-Residence at the Parlando Center for the Arts (formerly the Boulder Arts Academy ) and Atonement Lutheran Church of Boulder. The ACB has also toured the Big Bend area of Texas and collaborated with the faculty of Sul Ross State University. During that tour, they performed concerts, radio interviews and performed community outreach in the surrounding communities.
In 2009, the Apollo Chamber Brass toured to Oregon and performed in Kansas the following year. Since then, the ACB has concentrated in the state of Colorado, playing the Rialto Theater in Loveland, being featured on Colorado’s Music Spotlight program with Charlie Samson, and performing for schools and communities in the Front Range area. The ACB was honored to appear as soloists with the Fort Collins Wind Symphony playing Eric Ewazen’s Shadow Catcher, a piece for quintet and band.
The ACB began as the graduate brass quintet in residence at the University of Colorado – Boulder as part of their graduate assistantships. In that capacity, they have appeared at the Rafael-Mendez Brass Institute as recipients of a full tuition scholarship. In 2004, the founding members named the quintet, the Apollo Chamber Brass. Following the conclusion of their graduate assistantships, the ACB became its own entity, whose members have included performers from across the country. They have been coached by members of the renowned Summit Brass, The Takacs String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, former and current members of both the Dallas Brass and the Grammy award-winning Chestnut Brass Company, as well as by various university faculty members throughout the country.
From its inception, outreach has played a critical role for the Apollo Chamber Brass. They have provided mini-residencies at various Symphonic Band Camps throughout the Colorado Front Range area, and have been heard in service and recital across the country. They have recently adopted public school music programs, and have established active chamber music programs at Loveland High School, Cherry Creek High School, and Legacy High School. The coached student ensembles from these schools have performed throughout their communities and alongside the ACB in concert.
In Person: Blue Sage Gallery, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia
Over the Phone: (970) 527-7243
Section A: $25 adult, $20 youth (18&under)
Section B: $20 adult, $15 youth (18&under)