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Boston Brass to Perform Free Concerts at UW

June 2, 2016
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Boston Brass, world-renowned musicians and recording artists, will perform free concerts June 5, 10 and 11 at the University of Wyoming. (

Boston Brass, world-renowned musicians and recording artists, will perform three free concerts during a weeklong summer intensive June 5-11 at the University of Wyoming.

The concerts are scheduled Sunday, June 5, at 7 p.m.; Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. All three will take place in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

For the first time, the UW faculty brass quintet, Snowy Range Brass, will perform alongside Boston Brass during the opening night concert. Friday night’s concert will feature a UW student quintet. Saturday’s gala concert will include performances by the chamber groups and the large ensemble.

The Boston Brass Summer Intensive is a weeklong session designed around performance and career development for brass players seeking advanced instruction of chamber music, audition preparation and guidance for those aspiring to careers in music performance.

Boston Brass members are Chris Castellanos, horn; Jeff Conner, trumpet; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone; Sam Pilafian, tuba; and Jose Sibaja, trumpet. This year, special guest Tim Morrison, former principal trumpet of the Boston Pops and featured trumpeter of film composer John Williams, joins the group.

They will offer their expertise in areas such as career development, audition preparation, maximizing performance, recording and networking. Students will experience performance opportunities in group and master class settings.

“This is a high-caliber institute with performances by active working professional musicians and gifted college students who are on paths to performance careers,” says Scott Meredith, UW associate professor of trumpet and Boston Brass Summer Intensive coordinator. “The week is an exciting time for the UW Department of Music, Laramie as a community and our future musicians.”

Through more than 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, organ, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles. The group has performed in 49 states and 30 countries, and has conducted master classes around the world.

For 30 years, Boston Brass has entertained audiences with classical arrangements, burning jazz standards and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire. The group has been featured on CBS’s “The Early Show,” National Public Radio's “Performance Today” and the Great American Brass Band Festival. The group has recorded several diverse albums.

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