HoodleBug Brass to Perform in Gorell on Tuesday, November 17

Posted on 11/8/2009 4:39:25 PM
The HoodleBug Brass

The HoodleBug Brass will present a Sound Choices series concert on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. The program will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall. The program is being presented by the Department of Music and College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The HoodleBug Brass is the brass quintet-in-residence at IUP and is comprised of the five brass faculty members within the Department of Music. 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 quintet released its first compact disc, Brass Fac’s, in March 2004. Their second disc, Off the Trac’s, was released in October 2009. The ensemble performs works of all styles, from the Baroque to contemporary, pop, and jazz.

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 , one will find the Hoodlebug Trail, which leads to Homer City and beyond. This is now a six-mile recreation and commuter trail located in the central portion of Indiana County.

Chestnut Brass

The recital will begin with a performance of “In resurrectione tua Christe” by Jacobus Gallus. The work was transcribed for two brass quintets by Carl Kandel and will feature the Chestnut Brass Company, a brass quintet based out of Philadelphia. The CBC will be completing two residencies at IUP and surrounding high schools during the 2009–2010 school year. Their work in Indiana will culminate in a Performance Plus concert to be held in January 2010 in Fisher Auditorium. “In resurrectione tua Christe” will be conducted by Jack Stamp, director of bands and chair of the IUP Department of Music.

The first half of the program will conclude with Ingolf Dahl’s “Music for Brass Instruments.” Joining the HoodleBug Brass for this work will be Kelsey Mlnarik, euphonium, and a sophomore music education major from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

The second half of the program will feature works by three IUP alumni, including Jim Self, Jack Stamp, and Ron Hickey. Self is a 1965 graduate of IUP and is currently a professor of tuba at the University of Southern California. He is also the top studio tuba player in Los Angeles with over a thousand movie and television credits.

His piece, “Mo’Ments,” is a three-movement work written for brass quintet and percussion and will feature Stamp on percussion. Stamp, a 1976 graduate of IUP, is the composer of the next work, titled “Three Turns.” The work was written when Stamp was just nineteen years old and a student at IUP.

The final offering of the concert, “Variations on Themes by Lennon and McCartney,” was arranged by Hickey, a 1970 IUP graduate. Following graduation, he spent twenty years as a staff arranger for the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C.

HoodleBug Brass: "Off the Trac's"

Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building or on line. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 discount (senior citizens and groups of 15 or more), and $6 with a university I-Card. Tickets will also be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before the performance.

For more information regarding this and other programs, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2546 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.