Dallas Brass concert to aid storm recovery

Dallas Brass concert to aid storm recovery

October 16th, 2011 by Randall Higgins in News

Ryan Colbert, a member of the Walker Valley High School brass group, practices with the school's marching band.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Last spring when the Dallas Brass quintet came here to perform, tornadoes blew through.

On Saturday, the ensemble, which has performed its patriotic, romantic and classical pieces for presidents and world leaders across the United States and Europe, returns here with plans to blow up a musical storm of its own.

Proceeds from the concert with the Walker Valley High School Band will benefit local tornado recovery, organizers said.

Last April the Dallas Brass was one of the season's four performances presented by the Cleveland-Bradley Community Concert Association.

Workshop delayed

On April 28 the band was to have led a workshop with the high school band. By then, school was closed as families sorted through damaged homes, cared for injured loved ones and grieved for lives lost.

"We did go ahead with the concert," said Nancy Casson, from the concert association. "Dallas Brass opened with 'Amazing Grace' and rang a chime for each person who had lost their life. It was very moving."

But all summer Dallas Brass leader Michael Levine has been working to come back here and to the Alabama towns the quintet was scheduled to visit on that same spring tour.

"He called me at home and said, 'We have to make this work,'" Walker Valley Band Director Alan Hunt said.

Performance Saturday

So on Saturday, the Dallas Brass will lead a workshop for the school band's brass quintet. Then at 7 p.m. there will be a public concert at the high school. Half the $10 admission charge will go to the Walker Valley Band and the other $5 will go to the Dallas Brass, which officials said normally earns about $10,000 per performance.

"We will have a workshop. I assume it will be about performing in a brass quartet or performance in general," said Ryan Colbert, who plays trombone for the school's brass quintet.

"It's pretty exciting," school band trumpeter Nick Brumlow said.