Presidio Brass takes the stage at NSU
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Presidio Brass takes the stage at NSU

Published 11/8/17

Taylor Brown

TNE Writer

Presidio Brass is a brass quintet from San Diego currently on tour. The tour, “Sounds of the Cinema,” is promoting the quintet’s second-most recent recording with the same name. 

The quintet was formed in 2006 and features trumpeters Miles McAllister and Steve O’Connor, trombonist and vocalist Josh Bledsoe, trombonist and euphoniumist Geoff Durbin and tubist and pianist Mike Frasier. The members of Presidio Brass have performed in major symphonies and with celebrity vocalists in the past. They currently perform as freelance artists and teach at schools and universities.

Presidio Brass’ current tour features film music considered to be some of Hollywood’s greatest hits. The quintet has received many positive reviews throughout the tour, which has been performed in 40 states.

“It will be a fantastic, high-quality show, and this particular program is focused on cinema music, which should be entertaining to all,” said James Adams, low brass professor and band director. “It is amazing to be able to see such high quality professionals performing here in Tahlequah. The show is free for all NSU students, so there is no reason not to come.”

The show is offered through the Sequoyah Institute as part of its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series. The series began in October with a concert from singer/songwriter Kelly Willis and will feature performances from WVL Radio, Cirque Zuma Zuma and Pat Bianchi before ending in summer 2018 with the River City Players’ yearly production.

Presidio Brass has been applauded for combining musicality and humor in all of their performances, including “Sounds of the Cinema,” to provide a fun and entertaining show for all present. 

“After looking at their performances and following them on social media, it is easy to tell that they are a fun group,” said Hannah Truitt, Wilburton graduate student and Sequoyah Institute coordinator. “They are incredibly talented. It will be a great show and a great opportunity to support the arts in Tahlequah.”

Before their performances, Presidio Brass sometimes offers classes to provide educational outreach, as well as entertainment. 

“They are hosting a master class before the actual concert,” said Brady Hacker, Sapulpa junior and music education major. “They will give their professional insight for music majors or anyone that plays an instrument. That will help people wanting to go into those career paths.”

While it is encouraged for music students and anyone who plays an instrument to attend, the master class is open to anyone.

NSU and the Sequoyah Institute offer multiple musical performances every year, but this is the first time anything like Presidio Brass has come to Tahlequah. NSU Department of Music educators played a large role in recruiting the quintet and securing them a spot in the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series.

“The NSU brass directors, Mr. Ben Hay and Dr. James Adams, went through the head director, Dr. Jeffrey Wall, and found a brass quintet to bring in,” said Hacker. “They are the most recent brass quintet to have been invited to perform at NSU.”

The master class is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Jazz Lab.

The Presidio Brass performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free for any student with an NSU ID.

For more information and nonstudent ticket prices, call 918-444-4500 or visit www.nsuok.edu/si.


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