The HoodleBug Brass will present their spring 2015 recital on Thursday, April 23, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located in John Sutton Hall on the IUP campus. This program is free and open to the general public.
The program, titled “Americana,” will feature a wide range of music by North and South American composers, including Enrique Crespo, Anthony Plog, and Jack Gale. The HoodleBug Brass will perform many of these works in October 2015, when they will travel to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, to participate in international music festivals.
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 one year ago. 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.
At 6:00 p.m. on April 23, the Legacy Brass will present their spring recital. The Legacy Brass Quintet is the honors student brass quintet for the IUP Department of Music. Membership in the ensemble is by performance audition, and is open to any IUP music major in the brass area. The funding for this ensemble was made possible through a gift from Jim and Jamie Self. Jim Self is an IUP alumnus (BS in Ed., 1965) who has been a first call tuba player in Los Angeles for over 30 years. He is known for playing the “Voice of the Mother Ship” in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and he has performed for hundreds of movie and television soundtracks in his career, as well as performing as principal tuba in many of the top professional orchestras in and around Los Angeles.
For more information regarding this and other programs, please call the Department of Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at 724-357-2390.