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2010.01.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Concerts, Clinics Part of UNO’s Low Brass Day on Feb. 2

Omaha - Dozens of area high school students will participate in the 10th annual Low Brass Day at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The daylong event is designed to give students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to meet accomplished musicians, focus on the skills necessary to perform in an ensemble and develop students’ abilities on their chosen instruments, which include a variety of brass – from skinny trombones to heavy tubas.

UNO music students and faculty will work with the high school students throughout the day during sessions in the Milo Bail Student Center and the Strauss Performing Arts Center, both on the UNO campus.

During the evening concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center, the high school students will perform with Mark Fisher, assistant principal trombonist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and principal trombonist with the Santa Fe Opera.

Also assisting with the day’s events are Pete Madsen and Mark Barnette, both of UNO’s Department of Music.

Madsen directs UNO’s jazz ensembles and jazz combos, and coordinates Low Brass Day and the Great Plains Jazz Festival at UNO. Barnette serves as a sergeant in the United States Air Force as a member of the Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base.

Students interested in participating can register onsite at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.unomaha.edu/music/specialevents/lowbrassday.php to download the event brochure.

A free, public concert is planned at 5 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature community members and band directors who play low brass instruments.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. UNO students and Low Brass Day participants will receive free admission.

For more information, contact Madsen at petermadsen@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2297.

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