World renowned music ensemble to perform for Monticello community Nov. 10 at MHS
Monticello band students, all local musically inclined persons, and the Monticello community at large are in for a special treat this November.
Dallas Brass, a world-renowned musical ensemble, will be visiting Monticello on Saturday, Nov. 10th to perform a 7 p.m. concert for the community at Monticello High School. In addition, the musicians will put on a clinic for Monticello Middle School and High School band students and perform a rehearsal with the MHS Wind Ensemble in preparation for their part of the evening concert.
Band Director Brett Krohn, the person responsible for bringing this event to town, said he had been looking for an opportunity for the group to return ever since their performance here a decade ago.
“It’s always been on my radar,” said Krohn. “It was a very good experience. It’s fun to have a world class ensemble here on your stage.”
Dallas Brass will be in northern Minnesota earlier in the week, but their performance at MHS will be their only central Minnesota stop.
Krohn said he is particularly excited for his students to have the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, but he’s also thrilled for the community at large to have the chance to enjoy such high-level music.
According to their website, Dallas Brass was assembled in 1983 and is one of the foremost musical ensembles in the country.
Their bio goes on to say: “The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. According to Mr. Levine, "a Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95. Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do."
In addition to their solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero. The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East. They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS “Early Show,” and their music has been used numerous times on the television show, “The Young & The Restless.”
Last time Dallas Brass performed for the local community, Krohn said the feedback was immensely positive.
“I heard a lot of “when can they come back?” he said. “Well, I’m excited to be bringing them back, and hopefully we get the same response.”
Tickets for the event are just ten dollars, and can be purchased here. Seats will be Reserved and can be purchased online for the 7 p.m. performance. If tickets are still available, they will be sold at MHS on the day of the show for $12/ticket.
To watch previous Dallas Brass performances, please visit here.
To stay on top of upcoming band performances, and other news from the department, visit the MHS Band website here.