Brass quintet in Bermuda Run Saturday

Published 10:43 am Thursday, June 21, 2018

BERMUDA RUN – The town and Davie County Arts Council will present the N.C. Brass Band Quintet at Town Center on Kinderton Boulevard (off US 158).

The free family event will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 (rain date Sunday, June 24). Bring a lawn chair and picnic/cooler.

Quintet members are professional musicians who perform with area symphonies and are educators at local universities. The following will be performing.

• Ashley Hall is an international trumpet soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. As the principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, she enjoys regular cross-discipline artistic collaborations in untraditional and traditional performance spaces in connection with the Sommermusik Festival.

She also held the position of third trumpet with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra from 2003-2012, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Asheville Symphony, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

Her work as a soloist and recitalist has taken her around the globe including performances in Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Mexico and China. Recent career highlights include solo appearances in Taipei, Taiwan with the Grace Orchestra, multiple performances of B Minor Mass, and cornet solos with the N.C. Brass Band and  the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band.

As concert master of the brass band, member of Carolina Brass and associate artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Hall enjoys a busy and diverse performance calendar.  2017 season highlights include multiple solo recital tours, touring with Stiletto Brass Quintet, an Asia tour with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, returning as guest artist to the Great American Brass Band Festival, and being the featured trumpet solo artist at the International Women’s Brass Conference.

She served as the interim professor of trumpet at the University of N.C. School of the Arts from 2016-2017, and has held collegiate teaching positions at St. Olaf College and the University of Dayton. With vast experience in arts education, she served on the board of directors for the Rochester Symphony (MN), helping the Symphony reimagine its Educational Outreach programming.   In collaboration with the Dayton Arts Institute, she and her husband developed “Art and Music: Making the Connection”—an educational program helping students to see the connections between visual art and music as they evolved over time.

• Brian Roberts holds the positions of principal trumpet with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and third/assistant principal trumpet with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He plays principal trumpet with Opera on the James and holds a chair in the solo cornet section with the N.C. Brass Band.

He is a member of the Ardmore Brass Quintet and has performed with several other chamber brass groups, including Carolina Brass. Since moving to Winston-Salem in 2011, he has performed as a substitute with numerous orchestras, including the Charlotte Symphony, N.C. Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, Greenville (SC) Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestras.

Before moving to Winston-Salem, he performed with orchestras in and around Atlanta and Memphis, where he played second trumpet with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra for nine years, and is the former Second Trumpet and Principal Trumpet of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the former Principal Trumpet of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. He also performed several times with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Memphis Symphony Orchestra.   

• Robert Campbell is the principal horn for the Winston-Salem and Greensboro symphony orchestras. He has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony and NCSA’s International Music Program Orchestra.

He was soloist and principal horn player of the IMP orchestra for the 1985 European tour which took him to Italy and Germany.  As a member of the Matrix Brass Quintet for more than a decade, he performed at Lincoln Center and toured Japan.

Campbell is on the faculty at High Point University, Gardner-Webb University, and Wake Forest University, where he is a member of the faculty woodwind quintet. He is a founding member of the Winston-Salem Bolton Project Wind Quintet, an experiment to improve student academic achievement through music education. He is also a founding member of Carolina Brass, a brass quintet based in Greensboro with recordings on the Summit label.

• Brian Meixner is the founder, music director and president of the brass band, a professional ensemble comprised of many of the finest brass players in North Carolina.

He is an active euphonium soloist, conductor and educator, currently associate professor of music at High Point University where he teaches studio low brass and conducts the University Orchestra and Brass Ensemble.  He is also the conductor of the N.C.Youth Brass Band, an ensemble of high school-age brass and percussion students from the Triad region.

He has held the position of assistant conductor of the River City Brass Band, where he played euphonium full time for six years.  He has been featured with the RCBB on several performances, both as a euphoniumist and conductor. He played euphonium and trombone for several years with the River Bottom Quartet, a diverse low brass chamber group composed of River City Brass Band members.

Other chamber ensemble activity includes playing euphonium in Tubas In The Sun, a quartet of tuba and euphonium talent in central N.C. He has served on the faculties of UNC-Greensboro, Slippery Rock University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University.  He also served as the Euphonium Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he completed a DMA in Euphonium Performance.  Brian has participated actively as a performer in numerous professional ensembles and as a conductor of university and high school honor ensembles. He has also been featured as a euphonium solo artist and clinician with several professional ensembles, universities, community bands, high school ensembles, brass bands, and state, national and international music conferences.

• Brent Harvey, on tuba, is assistant professor of low brass at Winston-Salem State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall, the Catania International Festival Orchestra in Italy, the Fountain City Brass Band (KS) in the United Kingdom and Western Europe, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Orchestra (MI), the Charleston and Long Bay Symphony Orchestras in South Carolina, the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestras in North Carolina and has appeared on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts with the Minnesota Orchestra.

He performs with the internationally award winning Tubas In The Sun tuba quartet, Piedmont Polka Practitioners, and Ardmore Brass. Harvey is a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, N.C. National Guard, and serves as the commander and conductor of the 440th Army Band stationed in Raleigh.

The quientet will perform selections from the Broadway musical, “West Side Story,” “Joplin’s Ragtime Tune,” “That’s A Plenty” and other well-known compositions for horn quintets. They will also be doing three to four patriotic selections in honor of the upcoming Independence Day.

For more information, call the arts council at 336-751-3112.