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River City Brass Band to Perform at Juniata College

(Posted March 25, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Horns aplenty will be the focus of an instrumental concert by the River City Brass Band at Juniata College at 8:15 p.m. April 5 at Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall on the Juniata campus.

For tickets and information, please call (814) 641-3333. General admission tickets for single performances are $15. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $8. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.

Based in Pittsburgh, the River City Brass Band is a 28-person ensemble that has been performing across the United States for 20 years. The group has released 12 recordings on its own label. Their albums include "Pittsburgh on Parade," "Footlifters," "Concert in the Park" and "Big Band Brass."

Founded in 1981 by the late Robert Bernat, the group plays music by American composers, many of the pieces commissioned specifically for the band. In concert, the band performs jazz, big-band, opera, folk and movie music. The group's structure is modeled on British-style brass bands that use distinct instrumentation for brass and percussion.

The band presents more than 100 concerts each year, including its own concert series in Pittsburgh. The group has performed internationally, including tours of Australia and New Zealand.

River City Brass Band is led by Dennis Colwell, who joined the group in 1983 as a cornetist. Colwell was assistant head of music at Carnegie Mellon University from 1988 to 1995.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.