The Brass Ensemble at Anderson University is composed of approximately 12 members and is open to students in all years. All brass instruments are represented in the group, including the tenor of the tuba family: the euphonium, as well as percussion.
The Brass Ensemble plays contemporary and traditional music, both sacred and secular. Its repertoire includes “St. Louis Blues,” “America the Beautiful,” the theme songs from James Bond and The Simpsons, and an arrangement of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
The Brass Ensemble performs in different environments—from university events and church worship services to civic events and public schools. While traveling with the Concert Choir, which tours twice annually, the ensemble performs by itself and with the choir.
Students in the Brass Ensemble have opportunities to be mentored by world-renowned artists, such as British virtuoso euphoniumist Steven Mead, Norwegian tubist Øystein Baadsvik, American tubist Mike Roylance, and Luxembourgian euphoniumist Philippe Schwartz. In turn, the Brass Ensemble members volunteer at local middle and high schools to coach younger brass players.
The Brass Ensemble practices twice per week. Select students may be eligible for scholarships. Auditions are required and involve playing a prepared work, scales, and sight-reading. If you are interested in joining the Brass Ensemble, please contact Dr. Andrew Pettus, Director of Instrumental Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org.