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Summer Gramercy Brass Band Festival – August 3 and 4 in Montclair and Caldwell, New Jersey

July 9, 2024 | By Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
President

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Gramercy Brass Band Camp, The Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York has created a Summer Brass Band Festival, inviting all adult, alumni and interested brass band friends to join us for two days of brass collaboration during Gramercy Brass Band Camp, which will be presented on August 3 at John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ and August 4 at First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, 326 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ.  This is the culmination of the Gramercy Brass Band Camp (https://www.gramercybrass.org/band-camp) experience, in which students have the opportunity to perform side by side with members of Gramercy Brass Orchestra.

For this special 2-day event, Gramercy Brass Band will be joined in several presentations on August 3, beginning @ 9 AM at John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, by Principal Guest Conductor Russell Gray, featured clinicians Dr. Thomas McCauley of the Cali School of Music and Director of University Bands, Josh Landress of JLandress Brass NYC and JoAnn Lamolino, author of “Mindfulness for Musicians.” The programs will also feature performances by guest brass bands and a massed brass band reading session with Russell Gray.

The Grand Finale on August 4 @ 4 PM will be presented at First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, 326 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ. Everyone who participates in Saturday’s events will bring their instrument and perform with the massed band in concert.

Very special guest for both days will be Grammy-nominated composer and trombonist Christopher Brubeck. Chicago Tribune Music Critic John von Rhein called Chris, “a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.” Visit him at https://chrisbrubeck.com/.

 Admission is by a $10 suggested donation. For more information about Summer Gramercy Brass Band Festival, go to ? https://www.gramercybrass.org/about-3.

Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY was founded in 1982, by John Henry Lambert, cornetist and trumpeter, with extensive experience in the brass band performance and educational traditions. In 2022, Gramercy Brass Orchestra celebrated 40 years of service, and received a Proclamation from the City Council of NY in recognition of its years of service as a strong component of the NYC arts community. Members of Gramercy Brass Orchestra are drawn from leading members of working professional brass and percussion instrumentalists in the NY/NJ area.

For additional questions or more information, please email John Henry Lambert, GBBC Director, at GBBC@gramercybrass.org  or call 212-229-7607.

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