Featured Artists: The Houston Brass Band
Founded in the year 2000, the Houston Brass Band is becoming one of the region’s premier musical ensembles, sharing the unique spirit and beauty of British-style brass band music through concerts of the highest quality and educational outreach.
The British brass band tradition dates from the 1840s and 1850s when industrialization created a newly-urbanized working class with access to the mass-produced brass instruments. Large employers, such as foundries, mills, and mines, supported bands for the Victorian goal of “improving” the working classes, not to mention competing with each other. The goals may be different now, but the brass band movement has since spread world-wide.
The Houston Brass Band, the only British brass band in Southeast Texas, started as a group of friends and enthusiasts. Under the leadership of Houston Symphony trumpeter Robert Walp, the ensemble has grown to draw members from among Houston’s professional performers, music educators, and talented amateurs. The band now offers a full season of performances and educational opportunities to audiences throughout the region.
The Houston Brass Band performed to a sold-out crowd at Zilkha Hall in 2010, and has toured to cities throughout Texas, performing at Round Top and for the Texas Bandmasters Association. In addition to traditional brass band compositions, the Band’s performance repertoire includes orchestral transcriptions, film scores, and jazz. In pursuing its educational mission, the Band regularly holds “Brass Only Band Camps,” offering young musicians the opportunity to spend the weekend learning and performing with the professionals and educators in the Houston Brass Band.
The Houston Brass Band will perform at 5:00 p.m. on the main stage.