Wednesday, May 21 11:30am
Ed Landreth Auditorium
Concert: Tim Zimmerman and the Kings Brass
Tim Zimmerman, Matt Kuhns & Jason Webb, Trumpets
Matt Laube & Tony Warner, Trombone
Alan Carr, Bass Trombone
Derek Beekhuizen, Tuba
Lisa Nelson, Piano
Stephen Lynerd, Percussion
Kevin Eisensmith, reporter
The theme for the 2003 ITG Conference is Fuel Your Soul, which, according to Tim Zimmerman, makes The Kings Brass the ideal ensemble to be featured in performance. This ensemble provides innovative worship for young and old alike, through the best in sacred brass music.
A unique blend of the Canadian Brass, the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, with a little bit of your favorite big band thrown in, this nine-member ensemble consists of three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, piano, and percussion, and performs some 110 concerts annually. Their arrangements covered a wide variety of styles, from Gabrieli to swing.
They began their performance with an antiphonal arrangement of A Mighty Fortress Fanfare, arranged by Eric Alexander. Other hymn-tune arrangements included Be Thou My Vision, which featured the trombones, and Come Thou Almighty King, which was arranged by pianist Lisa Nelson.
The Kings Brass can also swing, featuring trumpeter Jason Webb on Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and a performance of an interesting version of Give Thanks, which included quotes from Blue Rondo a la Turk.
Showing their sense of humor, The Kings Brass presented a north vs. south medley of Glory, Glory Hallelujah and Dixie, which pitted the trumpets against the trombones, and featured tubist Derek Beekhuizen as Abraham Lincoln.
Three members of the ensemble performed from the balcony in an antiphonal version of Thine Be the Glory that filled the Ed Landreth Auditorium with sound emanating from every direction. After a piano solo of Lord I Lift Your Name on High, the brass re-entered the auditorium with Tim Zimmermans arrangement of Hes got the Whole World (in His Hands). Much like the Canadian Brass arrangement of Just a Closer Walk With Thee, this piece began as a funeral-like procession, only to break into a rousing, Dixieland band free-for-all that again featured trumpeter Jason Webb.
Following It is Well, the ensemble returned to the stage with Stars and Stripes Forever as an encore. Tim Zimmerman performed the obbligato solo on the piccolo trumpet, but was bumped from center stage on the repeat by Derek Beekhuizen, who provided his version of the solo on tuba!
Their 70-minute performance was non-stop, performed entirely from memory, with choreography reminiscent of the Canadian Brass, a warm, rich sound, tight harmonies, and impeccable intonation. This was a concert that fueled the souls of musician and non-musician alike!
Angelo State University
Dr. John Irish, Director
Three Fanfares Ulysses Kay
Sinfonia Adriano Banchieri arr. J. Irish
Jason Howard David Cadena
David Evans Todd Bryan
Jarrad Fischer Paul Valdez
A Mighty Fortress Fanfare Martin Luther / Eric Alexander
The Name of the Lord Clinton Utterbach / Lisa Nelson
Come Thou Almighty Felice de Giadini / Lisa Nelson
Be Thou My Vision Traditional / Lisa Nelson
Dixie! Dixie Hallelujah! Traditional / Eric Alexader
Only a Boy Named David Traditional / Tim Zimmerman
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Don Raye Hughie Prince / A. Faber
Freedoms Strength God Bless America Irving Berlin / Eric Alexander
Thine Be The Glory G. F. Handel / Marvin-Zimmerman
Lord I Lift Your Name On High Rick Founds / Lisa Nelsen
Hes Got The Whole World Spiritual / Tim Zimmerman
Give Thanks Henry Smith / Jason Webb
Come, Thou Fount Traditional / Dan Marvin
Father Comes Running Tim Zimmerman
It Is Well Philip P. Bliss / Dan Marvin