Dallas Brass performs benefit show for Buchholz High band


The Dallas Brass performs a benefit concert for the Buchholz High School Band program on Saturday at Westside Baptist Church.

Courtesy of the Dallas Brass
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

The trumpet and its related instruments in the brass family — flugelhorn, tuba and trombone among others — fall into a category aptly named: It’s hard to beat brass-infused music when it comes to upbeat sounds of exuberance. And even with a slower pace or less-buoyant tone, such instruments almost always compel a reaction.

Facts

Dallas Brass

What: Renowned ensemble performs benefit for the Buchholz High School Band Program
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Westside Baptist Church, 10000 W. Newberry Road
Tickets: $15, at the door
Info: 955-6702, buchholzband.com

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Westside Baptist Church, a noteworthy concert by the renowned Dallas Brass highlights such instruments in a performance benefiting the Buchholz High School Band program.

Since starting in 1983, the six-piece ensemble has made a national name for itself — rousing audiences with varied programs from pop to classical and adding doses of humor for a crowd-pleasing concert that includes many genres.

The group performed at Buchholz High School in 2009 and returned to Gainesville for another appearance last year, says Buchholz Director of Bands Alex Kaminsky. But calls for an encore performance by the band have resulted in the group’s return appearance on Saturday, he adds.

“They are such a big hit that we have had so many requests for them to come back, we just decided to go ahead and invite them back and host them in a bigger venue,” Kaminsky says. That explains why Saturday’s fund-raising performance for the Buchholz band program is planned for Westside Baptist Church, which seats 1,000, as opposed to the Buchholz auditorium, which seats only 700.

Founded by director/trombonist Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass also features horn player Juan Berrios, tuba player Paul Carlson, and trumpeters Luis Migel Araya and D.J. Barraclough along with percussionist Ryan Burd.

The group has performed in such venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and with orchestras ranging from the New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson to the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero.

For its Saturday performance at Westside Baptist Church, the Dallas Brass will roll out one of its signature programs, “American Musical Journey,” which is billed as a “musical travelogue through American history.”

The program includes selections by composers ranging from Aaron Copland and George Gershwin to John Williams and John Philip Sousa, and from such band as the Tijuana Brass and Chicago.

And adding to the tableau of sounds, which ranged from Dixieland and swing to Broadway and even hip-hop, is the group’s penchant for adding plenty of humor to their performances, Kaminsky says.

“They interact with the audience and they insert comedy within their show; their incredible playing is interspersed with comedy,” he says. “Really, they appeal to anybody between the ages of 5 to 95.

“It’s just a real great family event. And once you go to a Dallas Brass concert, you don’t want to miss the next one,” he says.

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