WISCASSET – 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 area and carry out all through the Village.
In accordance with Dwight Tibbetts, group founder and director, “these guys are the perfect in brass!” The musicians, Tibbets and Andy Forster taking part in 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 Faculty and the college’s band, has been taking part in in brass quintets for about 35 years. He says the second has arrived, “Brass quintets are hip. The times of group bands and large bands are lengthy gone, and brass quintets fill the hole.”
The Downeast Brass quintet, particularly, has a really in depth repertoire, he explains, and is extraordinarily versatile. “We do parades, concert events, in all places an enormous band or group band may carry out.” In 2017, Downeast Brass carried out at Wiscasset Vacation Marketfest, entertaining consumers whereas taking part in 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, right now, the quintet is more likely to play lots of his preparations throughout a live performance. “There’s a lot happening in arranging,” Tibbetts explains. “Know-how has modified the composition world dramatically.” What was as soon as a laborious course of is now way more accessible due to accessible software program.
Even in apply and concert events, know-how has been an support within the group’s efficiency. For rehearsals, Tibbetts will electronically ship music picks upfront to the quintet members to allow them to apply at residence. Whereas he’s cautious to not burn out these hard-working performers who’re full-time music educators for a lot of the yr, once they do get collectively, the rehearsals are properly organized and all concerning the music. Due to their expertise and the advance preparation, it solely takes just a few rehearsals to get the quintet prepared for the busy summer time season.
Tibbetts describes the sound of Downeast Brass as “full and full.” He explains that when arranging, he takes an enormous band rating and “boils it down” for a quintet by eliminating the doubling of sounds – completely different devices taking part in the identical notes – so that each one the essential 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 need to date ourselves with the music we play.”
Sure, the pandemic has had an affect on Downeast Brass. Tibbetts stated the group had 35 gigs booked for summer time 2020, however with COVID restrictions, all gigs had been cancelled. Up to now this season, they’ve a couple of dozen performances confirmed, together with Wiscasset Artwork Stroll, and are feeling very optimistic.
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