The HoodleBug Brass presented their Spring 2014 recital on Tuesday, April 29, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in room 121 of the Cogswell Music building on the IUP campus. This program was free and open to the general public.
The program featured a wide range of music, from French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully to original music for brass quintet by Andre LaFosse and Robert Bradshaw. Featured soloist for the evening was Lucy Scandrett, harp. Scandrett performed William Schmidt’s “Music for Scrimshaws” and the premier performance of “For Lucy and Jack,” a piece written by Gregory Fritze in honor of Jack Scandrett’s retirement at the end of the current semester.
The HoodleBug Brass is the brass quintet-in-residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is comprised of the four full-time brass faculty within the Department of Music and the assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts. The ensemble performs regularly on the IUP campus and presents numerous clinics and concerts in public schools and churches throughout the region each year. The HoodleBug Brass released its first compact disc, entitled Brass Fac’s, in March 2004. Their second disc, Off the Trac’s, was released in October 2009. The quintet released its first commercial compact disc in October 2012. Titled Christmas Postcards from the HoodleBug Brass, the disc features 15 tracks of music for the Christmas season, including several arrangements written especially for the HoodleBug Brass. Interested individuals may purchase digital downloads of the disc through iTunes, Amazon, or CDBaby, or by going to the HoodleBug Brass website.
A “HoodleBug” is a local term for “doodlebug,” the name given to a single-car, self-propelled train or trolley. At the southern end of the IUP campus can be found the Hoodlebug Trail. This is a six-mile recreation and commuter trail located in the central portion of Indiana County.
For more information regarding this and other programs, please call the Department of Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at 724-357-2390.
At 6:00 that evening, a recital featuring various student brass quintets was held. This program was also free and open to the public.