The Downeast Brass quintet is a musical powerhouse of daring and superb sound. Hear and see them carry out throughout the Wiscasset Artwork Stroll on Thursday, July 29, from 5 to eight p.m., as they use the brand new sidewalks as efficiency house and carry out all through the Village.
In response to Dwight Tibbetts, group founder and director, “these guys are the perfect in brass!” The musicians, Tibbets and Andy Forster enjoying trumpet, Mike Peterson on trombone, Mark Mumme on tuba, and Loren Fields on French horn, are extremely expert skilled musicians, music educators, and love what they do.
Tibbetts, a graduate of Wiscasset Excessive College and the college’s band, has been enjoying in brass quintets for about 35 years. He mentioned the second has arrived: “Brass quintets are hip. The times of neighborhood bands and massive bands are lengthy gone, and brass quintets fill the hole.” The Downeast Brass quintet, particularly, has a really intensive repertoire, he defined, and is extraordinarily versatile. “We do parades, concert events, in all places a giant band or neighborhood band may carry out.” In 2017, Downeast Brass carried out at Wiscasset Vacation Marketfest, entertaining buyers whereas enjoying on the sidewalks in freezing temperatures.
Tibbetts, now retired after instructing music in Augusta for greater than 30 years, spends a lot of his skilled life, when not performing, arranging music for brass quintets. The Downeast Brass began when he was on the lookout for an outlet for his preparations and, at the moment, the quintet is more likely to play a lot of his preparations throughout a live performance. “There’s a lot occurring in arranging. Expertise has modified the composition world dramatically.” What was as soon as a laborious course of is now far more accessible on account of software program.
Even in observe and concert events, know-how has been an support within the group’s efficiency. For rehearsals, Tibbetts will electronically ship music alternatives prematurely to the quintet members to allow them to observe at residence. Whereas he’s cautious to not burn out these hardworking performers who’re full-time music educators a lot of the yr, once they do get collectively, the rehearsals are nicely organized and all in regards to the music. With their expertise and the advance preparation, it solely takes a number of rehearsals to get the quintet prepared for the busy summer season season.
Tibbetts described the sound of Downeast Brass as “full and full.” He defined that, when arranging, he takes a giant band rating and boils it down for a quintet by eliminating the doubling of sounds – completely different devices enjoying the identical notes – so all the fundamental notes of the rating are performed, leading to that aural completeness. As well as, Downeast Brass is “updating on a regular basis. We’re at all times shifting ahead with new music and new preparations. We don’t wish to date ourselves with the music we play.”
The pandemic has had an influence on Downeast Brass. Tibbetts mentioned the group had 35 gigs booked for summer season 2020, however with COVID restrictions, all gigs had been cancelled. To date this season, they’ve a few dozen performances confirmed, together with Wiscasset Artwork Stroll, and are feeling very optimistic.
Wiscasset Artwork Stroll 2021 is made potential by lead sponsors Donna and Frank Barnako and First Nationwide Financial institution. Main sponsors are Ames True Worth, Huge Barn Espresso, Carriage Home Gardens, Cod Cove Inn, Fogg Artwork Restoration, Industrial ME, J. Edward Knight Insurance coverage, Newcastle Realty, Peter H. Eaton Antiques, Purple’s Eats, Rock Paper Scissors, Sarah’s Café, and Tim Dunham Realty. For extra data, go to www.wiscassetartwalk.org or e mail email@example.com. Wiscasset Artwork Stroll is a program of Wiscasset Inventive Alliance.