Busiest Brass Band Makes A Stop In Payson

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The Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting a performance by Bay Street Brassworks at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Bay Street Brassworks

Bay Street Brassworks is fast becoming one of America's busiest brass ensembles.

The trombone, French horn, tuba and two trumpet artists came together in 1995 in Baltimore, Md. In 2004, percussion was added to the ensemble, providing the rhythmic texture.

This versatile band not only plays regular engagements in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, but also tours extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Among the group's numerous awards are first prize at the 2003 New York Brass Conference Brass Quintet Competition and two Career Development grants from the Peabody Conservatory.

Bay Street Brassworks performs pieces from a variety of genres, including classical, show tunes, Dixieland, rock and numerous compositions penned by the group's own members.

This wide range of musical scope has resulted in an equally wide variety of engagements, from the opening ceremonies at Baltimore Orioles baseball games to world premiere performances at the 2004 Brass Chamber Music Forum, alongside the American Brass Quintet, Harvey Phillips, Gunther Schuller and Eric Ewazen.

Bay Street Brassworks' seemingly endless versatility and educational outreach has resulted in programming that is consistently "in touch" with people of all ages, leaving audiences nationwide asking for more.

Season tickets are sold out, but single tickets (if available) for the Oct. 6 performance will go on sale 10 minutes prior to performance time (6:50 p.m.) and are $20 for adults. Students 18 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Doors to the auditorium will not open for seating until one half hour prior to concert time. This enables the performers time for a final sound check or quick brush up on their material.

TCCA will be holding a raffle at the next two concerts for the remaining two pieces of art from the collection of the late Shareese Von Strauss. The pieces will be displayed in the lobby at both performances. The proceeds from this raffle will go to the Payson School District to help fund the cultural arts programs. Raffle tickets will be sold in the lobby before, during the intermission and after the performances. Raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

The winning ticket-holder will have the choice of the two pieces and the second ticket drawn will receive the other piece.

The winners will be notified by phone on Monday, Oct. 23, and the artwork will be delivered to them at their convenience.

For more information about the TCCA and its 2006-2007 season, visit www.tccarim.org

Tonto Community Concert Association: Bay Street Brassworks

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6,

Where: Payson High School Auditorium

Cost: Single tickets (if available) go on sale 10 minutes prior to performance time and are $20 for adults. Students 18 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

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