The University Theatre will resonate with a wall of sound when the Cameron Community Brass Choir takes the stage for a concert ranging from Verdi’s “Triumphal March” from Aida to popular movie theme songs including “Back to the Future” and “Star Trek.” The concert will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for military and K-12 students. The concert is free for CU staff and students with a valid CU ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 580-581-2346
“One of my primary goals for this concert is to educate the audience on the instruments of the brass family,” says Dr. Lucas Kaspar, director of the ensemble. “I also wanted to feature local talent. There are a lot of great brass players in our area who deserve to be featured as soloists. I strive to select music that the musicians will enjoy while also being challenged. I I love brass music and have a passion for teaching brass to others.”
The roster for the Cameron Community Brass Choir brings a wide variety of talent and experience to the stage. The ensemble is composed of CU students, high school band directors, advanced high school students, hobby musicians and professional musicians.
Playing the trumpet are Cache High School band director Derek Griner and student Johnny Griner; Bernardino Gonzalez, Lawton High School; MacArthur High School band director Braden Hatch and his students Alexis Davila and Jamie Rihi, who is also a CU concurrent student; Joshua Rux, 77th Army Band; Elgin High School’s Ian Gonzalez and Raisa Ingram; and community member Jeremiah Phillips.
Appearing on horns will be Preston Drain, 77th Army Band; Nathan Timpson Whittow, MacArthur High School; and community members Sue Ann Hannah and Doug Bayless.
Trombonists in the ensemble are Evan Aubrey, Cache High School; Nolan Brachamante, Elgin High School; Brandon Lowe, Blanchard High School; Brad Martinez, 77th Army Band; and Diego Rodriguez, Lawton High School.
Euphonium players are Patrick Carrow, Cache High School; Ruben Diaz, CU student; and Joel Moncrief 2021 CU graduate.
Joining the ensemble on tuba are Bryson Gunnels, Eisenhower High School; Christian Hedwin, Elgin High School; Justin McCall, 77th Army Band; and Ali Seavert, Cache High School.
The brass choir will be joined by current CU students Trent Hagood, Will Magee and Michael Richard on percussion.
Each of the main brass instruments will be featured during the concert. Derek Griner will solo on Goedicke’s “Concert Etude” for trumpet and brass choir, and McCall will perform Gregson’s “Tuba Concerto.” Horn player Drain will solo on Saglietti’s “Principe,” and Martinez will be featured on “Morceau Symphonique,” a standard of the trombone solo repertoire.