Parkside Brass Joins Explosion In Brass Show

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The Parkside Avenue Brass Quintet will add an extra burst to the Explosion in Brass show set to take place at Depew High School in Depew, New York on Saturday May 11.

Explosion in Brass is the inaugural event organized by the Great Lakes Brass Alliance (GLBA), including member groups from both sides of the southern Great Lakes in Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania: Hamburg Kingsmen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps., Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps from Leroy New York, St. Joe’s of Batavia Brass Ensemble, Northcoast Brass Company of Erie, Pennsylvania, Silver Leaves Brass of Cambridge, Ontario.

Parkside Avenue Brass, formed in 2002 to perform at a Tonawanda church choir festival, has a distinct sound. Instead of a quintet including two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba, the group uses two euphoniums in place of the French horn and trombone to produce a warmer, richer sound. The group is popular at events across western New York and Ontario.

Tickets for Explosion are $10 each or three for $25. Doors will open at 5 pm, with entertainment to begin at 6 pm. Depew High School is located at 5201 South Transit Road, a short drive south from the New York State Thruway I – 90 exit at Highway 78 just east of Greater Buffalo International Airport.

Explosion in Brass will provide more than music for spectators. Salvatore’s Grand Hotel, located on South Transit Road near the thruway, will provide a special weekend package to the winner of a draw from show ticket stubs. Those attending the show are invited to attend social time following the show at Route 78 Street Bar, also on South Transit Road about halfway between Depew High School and the thruway.

There will be plenty of opportunities for those attending to bid on silent auction items and more than a dozen raffle baskets with bidding time extending to the end of intermission about halfway through the musical entertainment. Drum and bugle corps memorabilia including vintage posters, programs and recordings will be on sale at nominal prices.

And, of course, 50/50 draw tickets will be available throughout the evening.

The show will feature a popular drum corps standard tune as a signature number for mass play by GLBA show participants: Ken Norman’s arrangement of Auld Lang Syne, created in the 1960s for his Racine Kilties.

The primary purpose of the recently formed GLBA is to provide entertainment in a venue suitable to the size and type of participating organizations, including groups that use brass instruments, percussion, working and honor color guards. GLBA also aims to conduct marketing efforts for the benefit of members and to support member groups participating in GLBA shows or planning to run their own concerts.

For more information about Great Lakes Brass Alliance and the Explosion in Brass show, contact greatlakesbrassalliance [at] gmail [dot] com or visit Great Lakes Brass Alliance on Facebook.

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Posted by on Monday, April 15th, 2019. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.