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BASSically Brass and Trombone Ensemble to perform Nov. 30

RELEASED: Nov. 23, 2011

Ostrander Young
Dr. Phillip Ostrander Dr. Jerry Young

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire will host a performance by BASSically Brass and the Trombone Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Dr. Jerry Young, professor of music, will lead the BASSically Brass tuba-euphonium ensemble through a selection of musical performances for the first portion of the concert. Selections include John Cheetham's "Consortium," J.S. Bach's "Air," Stephen Bulla's "Celestial Suite," "La Donne e Mobile" by G. Verdi and "Achieved is the Glorious Work" by F.J. Haydn.

The concert will conclude with the Trombone Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Phillip Ostrander, associate professor of music. Song selections include "Bone Week Fanfare 6" by Brad Edwards, Steven Verhelst's "Song for Japan," "A Bold Idea" by Jamey Simmons, "Ecce Veniet Dies Illa" by Giovanni Palestrina and Mark Hayes' "Christmas Joy." More about the performance can be found in the concert program.

The principal tubist with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Young also has performed throughout Wisconsin with the UW-Eau Claire Faculty Dixieland Band and Faculty Brass Quintet. He is a member of Symphonia, an 18-piece euphonium and tuba ensemble composed of top performers from the U.S. that has performed in the U.S. and in Europe, and has released three CD recordings.

Young also has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator.

Young teaches courses and supervises student teachers in music education and in the University Honors Program at UW-Eau Claire.

Having performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic, Ostrander received master's degrees in trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

An accomplished jazz trombonist, Ostrander has collaborated with numerous jazz artists and currently teaches jazz at the Shell Lake Arts Camp in northern Wisconsin. Ostrander also conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone and trombone ensembles.

BASSically Brass, an extension of the Tuba-Euphonium Studio, offers students the opportunity to perform original and transcribed pieces for their instruments. The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation for its virtuosity and musicianship. BASSically Brass sponsors the annual low brass concert series, OctubaFest.

The UW-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble consists of music majors, minors and students from other departments. The group rehearses weekly, tours annually and performed at the 2004 Wisconsin Music Educators Association Conference and the 2005 International Trombone Festival in New York.

The Nov. 30 recital is free and open to the public.

More information about BASSically Brass is available online.

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