Zenith Brass Presents a Free Concert at Oakland University

The Zenith Brass, made up of some of the best high school brass and percussion players in the northern suburbs, will perform at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The concert is free and no tickets are required.

Members come from 17 schools across Oakland and Macomb counties and are selected by audition.

The members of the band in formal dress, seated, with their brass instuments on their laps

Zenith Brass presents free concert at Oakland University on May 20

This 23rd annual Spring Concert, entitled “Classics By Brass”, features timeless classics from the wind band, orchestra, solo piano, film score and popular genres.  Director Mark Petty says “We try to select a variety of highest quality music and to perform each piece to a high standard in its authentic style. Members also gain an understanding of the composer’s background and how the music came about.”

The concert includes music by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Gustav Holst, John Philip Sousa, Max Steiner and Simon and Garfunkel.

Zenith Brass concerts include an interesting commentary on each selection provided by Petty’s wife, Carol. Music will appeal to a wide audience of all ages.

Zenith Brass is a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and all donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about this energetic group of teenage musicians, go to www.ZenithBrass.org.

The program includes:

Second Suite in F, Holst Gustav Holst’s classic 1909 piece for band based on English folk Songs:

  •     March
  •     Song Without Words
  •     Song of the Blacksmith
  •     Fantasia on the “Dargason”

Romance, Tchaikovsky, Early Tchaikovsky piano solo, transcribed for brass and percussion

Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 1, Brass and percussion transcription of Shostakovich’s last piano concerto

National Game, Sousa, Sousa’s 1925 march celebrating the 50th anniversary baseball’s National League

Tara’s Theme, The song most associated with the timeless classic “Gone with the Wind”

Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel’s signature song

The 27 members of Zenith Brass attend the following 17 schools in Oakland and Macomb counties:

  • Rochester Hills Adams
  • Auburn Hills Avondale
  • Birmingham Groves
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley
  • Holly
  • Intl Academy Macomb
  • Macomb Community College
  • Romeo
  • Troy
  • Troy Athens
  • Troy Bethany Christian
  • Utica
  • Utica Academy International
  • Utica Eppler
  • Walled Lake Central
  • Warren Cousino
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