Colby High School Auditorium is the venue for The Denver Brass and baritone Steven Taylor, at 3 p.m. central, Sunday, Oct. 25. The Western Plains Arts Association program is made possible with support from businesses and individual donors throughout northwest Kansas, including a special gift from the Dane G. Hansen, Logan. The primary Colby venue, Frahm Theatre, has suspended all public events since at least through the end of 2020. Because of COVID 19 precautions, social distancing is required and masks are encouraged inside Colby High School. Admission by WPAA season ticket or adults $20, students $10.
The Denver Brass was founded in 1981 by Kathy and Chuck Brantigan, as an all-new, one-of-a-kind brass chamber ensemble which would be in the forefront of performance, entertainment, commissions and education. Today, The Denver Brass is an elite ensemble recognized throughout the U.S. and the world as one of the premier ensembles of its kind – setting itself apart through its sound, original repertoire, recordings and concert productions.
“Soundtrack of America” features music that celebrates the enduring American spirit. Revel in sounds from all across the nation—from Broadway to Hollywood, Aaron Copeland to Leonard Bernstein, and songs celebrating the great mountains to the plains and deserts. People from every background find inspiration in diverse programming – classical, jazz, Broadway, Latin, multi-cultural fusions, and new sound sensations created by brass with bagpipes, steel drums, hand-bells, fiddles, voices, and distinguished soloists.
With 14 world-class musicians, The Denver Brass performs its own original compositions and arrangements and reaches 60,000+ persons annually through more than 150 concerts and outreach services. The ensemble has more than 30 recordings and is heard daily on radio stations throughout the world. The group works diligently and methodically to increase outreach and exposure, not just to be heard or appreciated, but to provide inspiration, pleasure, and sustenance to as many people as possible.
The trademark sound of The Denver Brass features a dazzling array of more than 13 distinct brass instruments plus percussion, utilizing mutes, technique and sound expertise to produce a rainbow of sound phenomena - not a band, not an orchestra, an entirely new sound
The Denver Brass is also unique in the world for its cohesive and enthusiastic team. Musicians are selected not only for exceptional technical and creative skills, but also for their integrity, dedication to community, and support of fellow musicians and mission. In addition to remarkable musicians, our team boasts a creative and resourceful staff, forward-thinking Board, large and dedicated volunteer core, and creative artists engaged in new music composition, story line, choreography, and state-of-the art lighting and staging. The Denver Brass received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2008.
Visit www.denverbrass.org for additional information including how you can attend or watch YouTube concerts of the group’s Halloween, November and holiday shows for a suggested donation.