Arts & Culture

UWF Department of Music presents Presidio Brass

The University of West Florida Department of Music will present Presidio Brass as part of the Music Hall Artist Series. The event will be held on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82.

Presidio Brass includes Miles McAllister and Steve O’Connor on trumpets, Josh Bledsoe on trombone and vocals, Geoff Durbin on euphonium and trombone and Mike Frasier on tuba and piano. Since forming in 2006, the group has found success in a bold new generation of brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, their unique sound has become a trademark for the ensemble from San Diego, California.

Through their touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, “Sounds of the Cinema,” these five young men present film music with a wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance. Presidio Brass has performed and provided educational outreach in over 40 states, conducted master classes at many of America’s finest colleges and universities and has been featured on National Public Radio.

Members of the Presidio Brass have performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony and San Diego Symphony and have shared the stage with commercial and pop artists that include Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and others. When not on tour, they continue to perform throughout the country as freelance artists, maintain private teaching studios at local universities, arrange and compose new music, assist with public school music programs and operate an annual summer music camp in San Diego for brass students of all ages.

In addition to performing as a brass quintet, Presidio Brass performs regularly as a part of Millennia Consort, one of the nation’s premiere brass, organ and percussion ensembles. Millennia Consort is active in commissioning new works as well as arrangements of popular classical music. The latest recording by the ensemble, “Pictures of a New Beginning,” includes commissions of new music by Craig Phillips, John Hirten and Jon Naples.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, $12 for UWF faculty and staff and non-UWF students, and $6 for high school students. UWF student admission is free with a valid Nautilus card. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285.