Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents the Avenue Brass Quintet on Sunday, May 6, at 2 pm, at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St. Founded in the fall of 2015, Avenue Brass is The University of Akron's premier student brass ensemble. Avenue Brass performs two full recitals per year and is active in community engagement through an ongoing series of community concerts.
Avenue Brass consists of five performance majors from The University of Akron and are all currently completing their third year of their undergraduate degrees. The group is coached by Tucker Jolly, Professor Emeritus of Tuba at UA.
At home with a variety of genres, the quintet regularly performs music from all cultures and musical styles and plans to continue to engage the Akron community through performances at the local, state and national levels.
Join us on a fun-filled journey around the world through different styles of music, beginning in the early Baroque era in Germany with the Galliard Battaglia by Samuel Scheidt. We will then fast forward to explore the differences in western and eastern music with a suite from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (arr. Jack Gale) and a few traditional eastern tunes as performed by the Canadian Brass. We will conclude with an upbeat New Orleans style arrangement of a popular hymn Just a Closer Walk with Thee (arr. Don Gillis).
Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541, or click here to reserve your seat!
About the Band:
Cody Ray is a freelance trumpet player, educator, and composer. He is a member of the Cleveland Philharmonic and performs in The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and the Avenue Brass Quintet. He also performed in the University of Akron Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. In the spring of 2015, he was selected to be a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. As a composer, he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony's 2018 Young and Emerging Artist program. Ray’s primary teachers include Mark Maliniak, Jack Schantz, Scott Johnston, and Dr. Mark Dulin. He studies music composition with Dr. Robert Brownlow.
Sarah Palmer is a horn player from Brunswick, Ohio, studying under Dr. Margaret Tung at The University of Akron. She is a junior majoring in Brass Performance and a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Horn Choir, and the Avenue Brass Quintet. Palmer freelances in the Northeast Ohio and offers lessons to students around the area.
Andrew Wegierski is majoring in Jazz Studies & Composition. His primary teachers include Jack Schantz, Dr. Nikola Resanovic, and Dr. Jim Albrecht. He plays in a wide range of ensembles including The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Jazz Trombone Group, and Brass Choir. Andrew teaches lessons in the areas of brass, drums, percussion and beginning piano at Firefly Music School in Akron, Ohio, is an arranging intern for Phil Anderson at Playground Sessions, a part-time drummer with Aaron Dussing's Polka Revolution, and a freelance Trombonist and composer. He is the primary arranger and composer for The University of Akron Jazz Trombone Group, which premiers his original compositions on stages throughout the region.
David Burnett is pursuing a B.A in Music Performance (Brass) at The University of Akron. He is principal tubist of the UA Symphony Orchestra and also performs with New Music Ensemble and Avenue Brass Quintet. As an educator, Burnett maintains a private studio of tuba students and is also employed by Highland Local Schools, serving as an assistant marching band director and teaching all beginning tuba students. Burnett in demand as a freelance artist, performing regularly with local professionals in both the chamber and orchestral setting. Burnett is also a longtime member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 159. Upon graduation, Burnett plans to enter a Masters of Music degree program and pursue employment as a professional musician.
Wadsworth Public Library
132 Broad Street