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Winona Brass Band celebrates Christmas in Brass

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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By Shawn Kennedy-Lee

The 20th Anniversary concert season for the Winona Brass Band continues on Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m with their Christmas in Brass concert. The Christmas in Brass concert has been a tradition of the band for many years, and there is no better way to celebrate the season than by listening to your favorite carols played in the British brass band style. The ban d is comprised of 25 brass players and two percussionists from Winona and the surrounding area including Wisconsin and Iowa. They use some instruments that are not commonly seen in the United States including E-flat soprano cornet, E-flat alto horn, repiano cornet, and E-flat tuba.

Local residents Todd Fuller, Maynard Thompson, and Jerry Barrett will be heard on concert. Todd Fuller can be heard on E-flat tuba and has been playing with the Winona Brass Band for four years. He also plays with the Top Brass brass quintet, the Too Darn Hot Jazz Band, and the La Crosse Concert Band. He enjoys the literature we play and the camaraderie of the group.

Maynard Thompson is a retired music educator and school administrator. He is a founding member, having played cornet in the Winona Brass Band for 20 years. He enjoys the tremendous harmony throughout all the sections of the band.

Jerry Barrett has played cornet with the Winona Brass Band for three years. He also plays in the Chatfield Brass Band, CBB jazz quartet, Notochords Big Band, Rochester Civic Concert Band, Section 8 Rock Band, and he plays for church services. He enjoys the variety of challenging music in the British brass band library.

Conductor Dr. Richard Lindner has selected a program filled with favorite holiday carols arranged for British brass band instrumentation. The program includes Christmas Triptych by the masterful James Curnow which presents the tunes of Joy to the World, Silent Night, and Angels We Have Heard on High. The program later follows with an arrangement of John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, originally composed for choir and arranged for brass band by Peter Graham. Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz) and Go Tell It On The Mountain will also be heard.

All concerts are held at St. Cecilia Theater on the Winona Cotter campus. The entrance is at the grand staircase on 7th Street. Concerts are supported by a free will offering. The Winona Brass Band invites you to come to celebrate the season and the 20th anniversary of the band. Like us on Facebook for information on upcoming concerts.

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