The Triangle Youth Brass Band, under the direction of Jesse Rackley, and the Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band, directed by Matt Edwards, presents “NABBA Preview” on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The venue is located at 2 E. South Street in Raleigh, NC.
Competitions are a central part of brass band culture, and this year’s North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championships take place the first weekend of April, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two Triangle Youth Bands have an impressive history at these competitions, having won ten national titles between them, in their many years of attending the championships. The concert in March gives them a chance to present their competition programs locally, before they go on the road. Also featured is the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble, performing two works; they will present one of the two selections, “Internal Combustion,” by John Rack, in the Ensemble competition at NABBA. For this concert, and for the competition, the Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band presents “Ravenhill Suite,” by Dorothy Gates, “An English Suite,” by Michael Ball and “Circus Days,” by Karl King. The Triangle Youth Brass Band’s program includes: “Graces of Love,” by Oliver Waespi, “Abide with Me,” Karl Jenkin’s arrangement of the hymn tune by W.H. Monk and “Morceau Symphonique,” by Alexandre Guilmant. This work features Trombone soloist Christian Boletchek, a senior at Green Hope High School, who plans to study trombone performance as he enters university next year. The TYBB closes their portion of the program with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s exciting work, “Fire in the Blood.”