01 May 2010

Boston Brass at Alberta Bair


Logo for the Boston Brass

I was fortunate to have looked around at the box office when I bought some Rimrock Opera Company tickets about a week or two ago. I noticed a flyer for the Boston Brass for Friday night, 30 April, at the Alberta Bair Theatre.

Simply put, they were magnificent.


Everything one could ask for and more: a light touch on the tuba when required which is most of the time, a horn that can come close to the trumpets and trombone in volume which is much of the time, two trumpets of equal skill and sound, and both playing fluegelhorns as well, and an aggressive  fat-sounding trombone player who also plays euphonium superbly.

These were some of the best quintet arrangements I've heard. I especially like the jazz and big band numbers. They all live in different parts of the country so one wonders how they manage to play together so well. Practicing on the Internet seems impossible.

These guys had a light touch on the teaching and history commentary which was much appreciated. Even their vocal encore was light and funny on the ears. They said they had played numerous times in Montana but couldn't remember playing in Billings before. Be sure to ask for them to come back.

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