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2013.01.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Second Annual Brass Day Returns Feb. 5

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Music will host its second annual Brass Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5 with a number of educational and entertaining events for high school brass players.

UNO’s Brass Day event will feature over 70 participants from high schools throughout the Midwest, who will learn from and perform with some of the area’s most respected musicians.

Participating students can register for $40 day-of in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) lobby beginning at 8:30 a.m. The day’s events begin at 9 a.m. and include practice sessions, clinics and masterclasses designed to develop students’ abilities, as well as performances throughout the day from UNO’s brass faculty and a number of student brass choirs.

“The goal of Brass Day is to expose high school students to more challenging ensemble pieces they may not have had experience playing yet,” explained Pete Madsen, professor of music and director of jazz studies at UNO. “Additionally, they get to learn those pieces from professional musicians. It’s just a great opportunity.”

To conclude Brass Day, the Omaha Brass Ensemble and Brass Day participants will perform a concert at 7 p.m. in the SPAC Recital Hall featuring the Omaha Brass Ensemble and Brass Day participants. The concert is open to the public as part of the Midwest Brass Society’s concert series and is $15 for the general public, $5 for students with ID and free for brass day participants or anyone with a MavCard.

The public is also encouraged to attend a free concert at 4:30 p.m., in the SPAC Recital Hall featuring Brass Day participants and UNO’s brass ensembles.

If there are questions, contact Pete Madsen at petermadsen@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2297. More information is also available at www.unomaha.edu/music and at the Midwest Brass Society’s Facebook page.

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