The Warren-Alvarado-Oslo music department had four busy days from March 19 to March 22, 2012 with the Copper Street Brass Quintet (CSBQ), and the quintet was just as busy. On Monday the CSBQ performed four instrument showcases, performing for junior high band, senior high band, sixth grade band, and sixth grade general music, each with varying topics. Later in the week, the classes became more hands-on as the CSBQ conducted brass master classes for each of the level of bands.
On Tuesday the quintet performed their concert titled “Evolution in Concert” for the community, and many of the concertgoers left in awe at the quintet’s virtuosity, style, and music selection. On Thursday, after just two rehearsals together, the CSBQ performed live with the WAO junior high and senior high bands. With the junior high bands, they performed one of their favorites, “Fred Jones Pt. 2,” and with the senior high band they performed a medley of classical pieces called “16 Masters in 10 Minutes,” which one student claimed was actually just a little over thirteen minutes. After the concert, many people stayed after to buy CDs and socialize with members of the quintet.
Students of all ages had positive learning experiences while working with the Copper Street Brass Quintet. Many fifth and sixth grade students commented that they liked the kind of music the quintet played and that the members of the CSBQ were friendly and funny; sharing jokes and friendly banter both among themselves and with the students. Older students had the unique opportunity to sit alongside these professional musicians to play and learn new techniques firsthand.
Members of the Copper Street Brass Quintet also enjoyed their time spent in the Warren. They got to know several of the students as well as a few other teachers and toured the town during some of their down time. They are hoping to plan a return trip sometime in the future.
This event was funded in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.