MU Brass Band to perform Veterance Day concert
The band will be traveling to the concert with Mansfield University President Francis L. Hendricks, a 1979 MU alumnus and retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general.
The hour-long concert will feature a wide variety of marches ("National Emblem," the march from "The Great Escape" and "The Cossack"), patriotic pieces (an arrangement of "Home on the Range," "St. Louis Blues" and the national anthem), and popular tunes (Beatles favorites "Yesterday" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"). An U.S. armed forces salute will highlight the concert.
Admission to the concert is free. Following the concert, the VA will host a reception for members of the band to interact with guests and residents of the VA Hospital facility.
The Mansfield University Brass Band is the only traditional, British brass band in the Pennsylvania state system of higher education and one of only a handful of university brass bands in the U.S. The MU Brass Band maintains a minimum instrumentation of 10 cornets, one flugelhorn, three tenor horns, two baritones, one euphonium, three trombones, two E-flat tubas, two BB-flat tubas, and three percussionists (27 total). Initiated at MU in 2006 (performing on "less British" instruments like trumpets, French horns and American baritones), the band took a leap forward in 2008 with support from the university provost, who provided the band with new cornets, tenor horns, baritones and E-flat tubas.
The brass band performs one stand-alone concert each semester, plays one number at the annual music department PRISM concerts, serves as the MU December commencement band in Decker Gym, and participates as one of the clinic ensembles at the annual MU Conducting Symposium each February in Steadman Theater. In addition to these annual events, the MU Brass Band will perform this Veterans Day tribute, a special salute to veterans at the Elmira Jackals Hockey game on Nov. 14, and its first trip to compete at the North American Brass Band Association contest in Fort Wayne, Ind., from March 14-15.
Latest News | November 09, 2014
The Mansfield University Brass Band, under the direction of Nathan Rinnert, will present a concert honoring U.S. military veterans at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the VA Hospital Auditorium (Building 92) in Bath.