Milwaukee Festival Brass is currently seeking talented musicians who
are interested in playing in a brass band.
An experience unlike any other, qualified students will perform
within our British-style brass band,
mentored by the gifted adult musicians seated next to them.
We guarantee you won’t be counting rests – in a brass band,
everyone gets a workout! No
other after-school youth ensemble program will grow your technique and
musicianship faster. And what
better way to build on the excellence of your high school’s music
curriculum and ensure a lifetime of musical excellence than to rehearse
and perform with successful adults from every career path and walk of life
who are committed to music-making at the highest level?
Brass bands use a standard British
instrumentation, consisting of Bb Cornets (in place of trumpets),
Flugelhorns, Eb Tenor Horns (sometimes called Alto Horns – in place of
French horns), Trombones, Baritones, Euphoniums, Tubas, and Percussion. Students
eligible for the High School Apprentice Program (HSAP) who normally play
trumpet or French horn would be asked to switch to cornet or tenor horn.
Those auditioning, horn players in particular, should consult their
band directors and private teachers regarding the differences between
these instruments. They
require different mouthpieces and slightly different embouchures as well.
is necessary to play these instruments to maintain the unique tone quality
of the brass band created by all conical bore instruments.
All of the brass musicians read treble clef with the exception of
the bass trombone. Students
will be coached in new fingerings and/or clefs.
banding has a long and storied tradition in Europe, originating in Great
Britain and continuing to this day. Bands
compete vigorously; contest results are followed online and in band
magazines with the same enthusiasm as Major League Baseball is here in the
do I set up an audition?
Students may contact the HSAP
coordinator, Dawn Williams, at 262-309-9333 to set up an audition date and time.
players should be able to play all of their major scales and a chromatic
scale at quarter note equals 132 or faster and should be clean &
rhythmically precise. Brass
band playing requires great facility of the fingers.
player should demonstrate significant double tongue skill.
Quarter note equals at least 144.
Students should demonstrate as much multiple tonguing as possible
i.e. linear, horizontal and arpeggiated. The director is looking for speed
short etude or portion of a solo of at least WSMA Class A level should be
prepared. Solos by Herbert L.
Clarke, Arthur Pryor, Herman Bellstedt and Arban are appreciated.
accompaniment is necessary. Varying levels of sight-reading will also be
should be prepared to play all of their rudiments on snare drum at a fast
and controlled tempo. At least
quarter note equals 132. They
will also be asked to play timpani and change pitch/tune the drums.
A short etude or portion of a solo of at least WSMA Class A level
should be prepared for snare drum. No accompaniment is necessary.
mallet percussion is not required, preference will be given to those who
are able to play keyboard percussion and snare.
To audition on keyboard percussion prepare all of your major scales
to at least 2 octaves and more octaves will be better.
A mallet solo should be prepared as well.
set is not required but preference will be given to those who are able to
play set and snare. They
should be able to demonstrate a rock beat, a fast jazz swing beat and a
polka or two-step beat.
levels of sight-reading will be included and may include any percussion
instrument that the student can play.
cost of the program is $50.00 for each concert in the
series. This fee is paid by
the second rehearsal of each concert.
Check should be made out to the Milwaukee Festival Brass. The
program fee is non-refundable. If the student misses too many rehearsals
for a concert, they may be ineligible for performing. This does not disqualify them from future
concerts. There are a limited
number of scholarship applications available.
If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships, please contact
Dawn Williams at 262-309-9333 to discuss.
Milwaukee Festival Brass performs in concert black.
This means tuxes for men and all black for women.