NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Center Stage Brass ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University in conjunction with Brass Day at SFA. The recital is also part of the Friends of Music Concert Series.
Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Center Stage Brass is dedicated to performing brass literature and promoting music education. The ensemble gives several recitals each year featuring standards in the repertoire as well as original arrangements and frequently plays in local church services and weddings. The group promotes music education with its members presenting clinics and master classes.
“Center Stage Brass is a perfect guest artist for students at SFA,” said Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies. “Each member of the group is not only an accomplished performer, but also a freelance educator in the metroplex. This is in keeping with SFA’s mission of producing artists/educators.”
Brass Day at SFA is an outreach event in which high school brass students work with SFA brass faculty to prepare for region and area auditions to qualify for the Texas All-State Bands. There will also be information for prospective music majors about the School of Music and its audition requirements for acceptance.
All-Region clinics for 2A through 4A schools will be at 1 p.m., and clinics for 5A and 6A schools will be at 2:30 p.m. SFA brass faculty will perform at 2 p.m. and will feature Dr. Jake Walburn, trumpet; Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; Dr. Deb Scott, trombone; Dr. Danny Chapa, euphonium; and Salas, tuba. The clinics and faculty concert are free of charge.
For more information about Brass Day, visit https://jdsalas.com
Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu. Student who pre-register for Brass Day will receive free admission. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 5.
All Brass Day events are located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.