Hear the Pacific
Brass on the following dates:
7, 2015, 4;30pm
Monterey's Jazz Bash By The Sea
More 2015 Concerts are in the works!
Brass is pleased to support "Mr.
Ostenson's Save The Music Drive" in
the Hollister School District. Click
on thru to the Paciffic Brass Band Outreach page
to read more!
History of the Pacific Brass Band of Salinas, California
Brass, (a California non-profit 501(c)3 corporation) is
Band, was founded in 1990 and gave it's first concert
"British-Style" Brass Band is unique in the Western United States,
there being only a very few in Washington, Oregon and California,
except, of course, the Salvation Army bands.
the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and
there is great interest in the revival of this type of band, with
organized competitions that culminate with National Championships
music, or 'contesting' pieces, are designed to highlight each section's
ability, and have been appropriately described as "fiendishly
It is the highest of honors to place in National Championships!
Brass - a non-contesting band - is comprised of musicians from
San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, California counties. Membership
stands at about 30 members.
is approximately the same as current contesting English Brass Bands.
It consists of Eb and Bb Soprano Cornets, Flugelhorns, Eb Tenorhorns,
Bb Tenorhorns (Baritones), Euphoniums, Trombones, Eb and BBb Tubas
and Percussion. All instruments are of a conical bore design, with
the sole exception of the Trombones.
band's repertoire consists of traditional Brass Band literature,
as well as American Folk Songs, Rags, Marches and selections from
popular Musical Theatre. In addition to the Bandmaster's love
literature he has strong desire to aquaint younger musicians with
a genre rarely heard in North America.
more information regarding concert schedules, booking and availability,
contact the Bandmaster!
Howard Miyata, Bandmaster
Brad Gronroos, Associate Bandmaster
Pacific Brass Personnel:
Antonio Trujillo – Salinas
Bischoff – Morgan Hill
Bob Netzly - Marina
Stan Sorokin - Monterey
Joe Ostenson – Hollister
Bob Bouchard – Hollister
Rick Hilgers –Salinas
Bill Crawford - Hollister
Jay Hilgers – Salinas
Peder Errickson - Gilroy
Al Tarasco – Gilroy
Toni Hunt - Hollister
Ruth Gronroos – Salinas
Susan Miyata – Gilroy
Howard Jones - Salinas
Rich MacLeod - Salinas
Gail Black - Monterey
Johnson - Gilroy
Brad Gronroos - Salinas
Joe Tacker - Monterey
Ken Bont– Ben Lomondd
Jim O’Briant - Gilroy
Greg Grant - Gilroy
Dana Sales - Watsonville
Louise Viales – Salinas
Instrumentation for a British Brass Band
One E flat Soprano Cornet serves
as the piccolo voice. It requires a delicate
touch and is used frequently as a soloist or
to add brightness to the cornet tutti sound..
Four B flat Solo Cornets are
the lead voices in he ensemble. The use of four
cornets permits players to switch off on parts
that are frequently continuous throughout the
entire piece. Divisi parts are also frequent.
The four solo players should ideally match each
other in sound.
Two B flat Second Cornets and two B Flat Third Cornets fill out the cornet choir.
One B flat Repiano Cornet is
the ?roving middle linebacker? of the section,
often used as a solo voice or doubling the Soprano
Cornet in unison or at the octave. The
Repiano is also used to add weight to the other
One B flat Flugelhorn serves
as a bridge to the Tenor Horns. It is a
frequent solo voice and is often used as the
top voice in the horn family.
Three E flat Tenor Horns (Solo,
First, and Second) often perform as a choir with
flugelhorns and baritones. The Solo Horn is a frequent solo voice. Also
commonly referred to as the Alto Horn in the
United States; it is an upright, three valve
instrument, with a lighter sound than the French
Two B flat Baritones are
often doubled with Euphoniums but work best as
low extensions of the Tenor Horn section. As
separate voices, their ability to blend and add
a middle-low voice without heaviness is a unique
feature of the brass band.
Two B Flat Euphoniums are the predominant solo tenor voices and also function as tutti enforcers with the basses.
Two B flat Tenor Trombones provide punch and drive because of their cylindrical construction.
One Bass Trombone is both a low support for the trombone section and an additional weight to the tubas. The bass trombone is the only instrument that reads in concert pitch.
Two E flat Tubas and two B flat Tubas give composers an extraordinary flexibility in dictating the sound of the bass part. The lighter quality of the E flats can have all the lyricism of the Euphoniums while the fatter B flat Tuba sound adds weight. In octaves or fifths, the section can give the brass band and incredible richness of tone.
Three Percussionists will cover the entire spectrum of percussion instruments. Timpani, battery, and mallets are standard for almost all compositions.
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