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Brass Band brings home awards in international competitions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Brass Band brings home awards in international competitions
 


Emily Maas came in third in the Slow Melody High Brass Solo Competition for the second year in a row.
 
The Oakland University Brass Band (MUE 374) won several awards from this past weekend’s North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championships in Grand Rapids.

The band won first place in the 1st Section, showing they can compete with the nation’s best according to 4barsrest.com, an internationally-known site that covers competitive brass banding.

“In a contest that revealed the increasing strength in depth of North American banding, it proved enough to beat off the high class challenges of five time champion Central Ohio, with former top section winners Illinois in third,” reads the review on 4barsrest.com

Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, the director of OU’s traditional British brass band, says that this win is what they've been working for since the band's 2010 inception. 

As a result of this prestigious victory, the band has received an invitation to compete at the 2015 Butlins Mineworker's Open Brass Band Festival in Skegness, England.

In addition to the Brass Band competition at NABBA, OU also won awards in the solo and ensemble competitions. Emily Maas came in third in the Slow Melody High Brass Solo Competition for the second year in a row and the Krescendo Trombone Quartet came in third in the Brass Ensemble Competition.


Ken Kroesche with composer Edward Gregson, who had his pieces performed by each band at the competition. Gregson said he really enjoyed OU's performance of his work. 


The Krescendo Trombone Quartet took third place in the Brass Ensemble Competition. Left to right: Josh Nuss, Joe Pascarello, Ken Kroesche (chamber music coach), Dallas Long, Luke Perzyk.