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St. Louis Low Brass Collective To Feature Symphony, Air Force Band Members

Ray Meibaum

The St. Louis Low Brass Collective Showcase is coming up next week at the Sheldon. Performers in the showcase will include members of the St. Louis Symphony as well as members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

One highlight of the performance will be a set of jazz duets, said low brass collective member Gerry Pagano, who also plays bass trombone for the St. Louis Symphony. And for the first time, a wind quintet will join the low brass instruments on stage.

But the concert will hold true to the purpose of the collective by featuring the tuba, euphonium and trombone—instruments which sometimes get lost in the shuffle of a full orchestra.

“In a symphony … a lot of the times we’re sitting in the back, counting rests a hundred bars at a time sometimes. We’re not really the focus of the symphony. And being able to do something on our own gives us not only more opportunity to play, but more kinds of things to play,” said Pagano.

Related Event

St. Louis Low Brass Collective Showcase
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Boulevard
For more information, visit the Sheldon Concert Hall website.

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