Performing at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University’s AB Brass group will appear in Charleston, W.Va. on Sunday, November 8, 2015 in two area churches. The ensemble will provide special music for the 11:00 am worship service at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, and then a concert at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 7:00 pm that evening.

The ensemble will present appropriate morning worship music at Kanawha United Presbyterian including works by J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber, Judson Bracey, and James Stephenson, adding lighter pieces by Anthony DiLorenzo, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Lew Pollack for the evening concert.

The AB Brass is a fifteen-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 appeared at the Washington National Cathedral, 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.

Three current members of the ensemble are Charleston area residents: Adam Gillespie, trumpet, Daniel Adamczyk, trumpet, and Elliott Mihelic, horn. Current members have been selected as participants in noted summer music festivals such as the Southeastern Trombone Symposium, Columbus Georgia, the conductor’s workshop of the Eastern Music Festival, and the International Academy of Orchestral Conducting on the Methods of Ilya Musin.

Current and former members of the ensemble have also 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, the WAMSO (Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competitions), and the National Trumpet Competition during their study at AB.

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) the Heritage of America Band (Langley AFB, VA), 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, James Madison University, and Ohio University.

All are invited to attend both performances. There will be no admission fee for the evening concert.

Kanawha United Presbyterian Church: 1009 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: 36 Norwood Road, Charleston, WV 25314