The HoodleBug Brass will present their fall 2015 recital on Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall in John Sutton Hall on the IUP campus. This program is free and open to the general public. The program will feature music of Russian composers and selections for the season.
In October 2015, the HoodleBug Brass traveled to Russia to participate in brass festivals held in St. Petersburg and Moscow. They also presented master classes at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Academy in St. Petersburg and at the Moscow Conservatory. While in Russia, the quintet discovered numerous works for brass quintet by various composers. Featured will be works by Boris Anisimoff, Vassily Solovjev-Sedoy, and Vitaliy Buyanovsky.
Following intermission the quintet will perform several holiday favorites, including works from the quintet’s Christmas Postcards compact disc. Featured will be arrangements by IUP music faculty Keith Young and Zach Collins.
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, titled 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 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. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase following the recital. The cost of the CD is $10. Interested individuals may also purchase digital downloads of the disc through iTunes, Amazon, 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.