The IUP Brass Area will perform a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Cogswell Hall, Room 121.
“The reason why it’s called the Brass Area Recital is because it’s going to feature the students and faculty that are involved in every brass instrument in the music department,” said Christian Dickinson, IUP trombone professor.
Students will have the opportunity to sit and perform next to the professors who teach them.
“I don’t know how many schools do this, but at IUP, we kind of have a history of doing this, of sitting side by side,” said Kevin Eisensmith, IUP trumpet professor. “For me, as a student, had I been able to sit next to my professor and play in an ensemble, it would have been a real thrill. It would have been really exciting for me. I think that’s a unique opportunity.”
Maria Baldoni (junior, music education) has had the opportunity to perform with faculty.
“We do a brass ensemble for the December graduation ceremonies,” Baldoni said. “So, I got to sit beside the dean of the music department. It’s really fun to just be able to experience all of it with them at the same time instead of being on two different sides of the program.”
Eisensmith said the behavior between faculty and students changes when they are playing side by side.
“When I’m conducting an ensemble, there’s a certain behavior that I, pardon the pun, I conduct myself,” Eisensmith said. “I try to behave a certain way. But when I’m performing, I have to be comfortable enough to be able to perform my instrument. So, my behavior may be a little different.”
The IUP Brass Area concert is held whenever members are all free to perform.
“We don’t have it regularly,” Dickinson said. “This is something that we wanted to do because we were able to get everybody together in one place. That doesn’t happen a lot. We’ve probably done this every other year.”
The HoodleBug Brass Quintet will open the show, followed by the faculty brass quintet, according to Dickinson.
Following the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet will be the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba ensembles, the sophomore brass quintet and The Legacy Brass Quintet.
IUP tuba alumnus Jim Self funds The Legacy Brass Quintet, the top student brass quintet at IUP.
“He has been a very good friend to the brass department and the music department in general,” Dickinson said.
Self has performed for major Hollywood studios. Some of his work in film scores includes “Jurassic Park,” “Home Alone,” “Avatar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Self was also the tuba instructor of current IUP tuba professor, Zach Collins, while Collins was getting his graduate degree from the University of Southern California.
Dickinson said Self helped facilitate Collins’ movie studio career. Collins has played for movies such as “Spider-Man 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
The IUP Brass Ensemble will close the show.
“It’s like a concert band without any woodwind instruments,” Dickinson said.