Colburn Conservatory Musicians to Perform at Area Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 12, 2014 — Students at ten area schools will be treated to performances by the 2nd Street Brass, a five-piece brass ensemble made up of students from the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Members of the ensemble are John Allen-trumpet, Daniel Devere-trombone, Gabriel Sears-tuba, Mathew Baker-trumpet, and John Shawger, horn.

The quintet will be in Bellingham as part of “Play It Forward,” a collaboration between the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Whatcom Symphony to help create music awareness among middle and high school students. Each year a group of young performers from the Colburn Conservatory visit Bellingham for a week-long residency, during which time they visit area schools to perform for local students and to spark in them an interest in classical music.

The 2nd Street Brass will visit ten schools throughout the county, including Vista and Horizon Middle Schools in Ferndale and Mt Baker and Nooksack High Schools. Within the Bellingham District they will go to Fairhaven, Shuksan and Whatcom Middle Schools as well as Bellingham and Squalicum High Schools. They will also visit the Lummi Indian Nation School.

The rest of the community will have the opportunity to enjoy the music as well. On Sunday, March 16th, 7:30pm the group will be performing a concert for the general public at the WWU Performing Arts Center. The performance will be free to all students with a $15 donation to the Festival’s Music in the Schools Programs.

The 2nd Street Brass was formed in 2013 by five members of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music and performs a wide variety of music for audiences across the west coast. The quintet maintains a wide repertoire and has been featured in concerts at non-traditional venues around Los Angeles. They recently performed at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles as part of the Metro Presents community arts concerts. The quintet also regularly performs at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles during the lunch hour.

The 2nd Street Brass is in high demand for its educational outreach programs including participation in the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) Neighborhood Partnership with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in addition to its week-long educational residency in Bellingham.

The Bellingham Festival of Music is one of America’s premier virtuoso orchestra festivals. Members of the orchestra all hold artistically prestigious positions elsewhere, and many of them are principal players in major North American symphony orchestras. Now in its 19th season, the Festival recently received two consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.