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‘British style’ brass band to perform at JSU Sunday


The Roman Festival Brass is coming to Jacksonville State University on Sunday, March 10. The concert will be held in the Mason Hall Performance Center at 3 p.m.

The Roman Festival Brass is a British style brass band. It is different than the American style because it uses different instruments.

According to the director of the band, Don Robinson, “There are no trumpets, but rather a full complement of cornets, tenor Horns instead of French Horns and an additional smaller Eb Tuba.” The other instruments that will be featured in the band include flugelhorns, baritones, trombones, euphoniums and percussions.

The Roman Festival Brass is based out of Rome, Georgia, and has been performing for twelve years. They typically perform four to six concerts a year. They have been preparing for their performance at JSU for eight weeks.  

Director Don Robinson is particularly excited about playing at JSU. “The best part of preparing for this concert is that so many of the members of Roman Festival Brass, like myself, are Jacksonville State University alumni, and we are so excited to return to our alma mater,” he says.

The Roman Festival Brass also differs in its musical selection. Robinson says, “The audience will be treated to a wide variety of musical styles from classical to jazz, fanfare to lyrical.”

Some of the musical pieces the ensemble will play include “Irish Tune from County Derry,” described by Robinson as a “classical staple in music literature,” and the up-tempo “Blenheim Flourishes,” which Robinson says, “requires a great deal of dexterity and agility of all players.” Other selections include the classic “French Military March” and the Sousa’s march “Transit of Venus.” The jazz songs “A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square” and “Meet the Flintstones” will also be performed.

Overall, students are in for a treat. When asked what he thought the audience would look forward to seeing, Dr. Ken Bodiford, the director of bands at JSU, says, “The entire performance!”

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