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Brass Choir

Brass Choir Repertoire

The Alderson Broaddus University Brass Choir is a twenty-member ensemble which tours the Eastern United States, presenting concerts and ceremonial music for church services and civic events, as well as educational programs for school students.  Directed by Dr. Timothy DeWitt, professor of music at the University, the brass ensemble and its sub-groups including the Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet, and Trumpet Ensemble have in recent years appeared at the Washington National Cathedral, at the National Trumpet Competition as semi-finalists in several divisions, as an honor group for state and regional conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, and as a featured ensemble of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival of Maryland. They have toured internationally to Canada, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic and have to their credit a CD entitled "Reflections in Brass" which features the music of Gabrieli, Strauss, Ewald, Ives, Ewazen, and Sousa.

Current and former members of the ensemble have been named finalists and winners in state, regional, and national competitions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition, the Kingsville (Texas) International Competitions, the Shenandoah Music Festival Concerto Competitions, and in the WAMSO (Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competitions), and the National Trumpet Competition during their study at ABU.  Graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in teaching and performance careers, and have performed with such prestigious ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the River City Brass Band, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the United States Navy Atlantic Fleet Bands, the United States Air Force Band of Liberty (Boston), and the United States Marine Bands.  Alumni of the Brass Choir have been offered full assistantships to pursue graduate study in performance at schools including the University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the University of Miami, Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern Alabama, and Ohio University.

Dr. DeWitt and the ABU Brass Choir host an annual “Brass in the Grass” festival each spring on the ABU campus which attracts brass players from the entire region for a weekend of rehearsals and concerts.