On March 21, music enthusiasts in the Venice area will be in for a treat as The Dallas Brass, one of America's premier musical ensembles, takes center stage at the Venice Performing Arts Center. Founded in 1983 by Michael Levine in Dallas, Texas, The Dallas Brass offers a unique fusion of traditional brass instruments and percussion, creating a musical experience that spans classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood, and patriotic tunes.
What sets The Dallas Brass apart is not just their exceptional musical prowess but their commitment to enriching communities through music. The ensemble has graced renowned stages such as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and European venues. Their extensive repertoire is showcased in seven impressive recordings, including "Debut," "A Merry Christmas with Brass," and "American Musical Journey."
In addition to public performances, the mission of The Dallas Brass is to actively engage with young musicians to inspire the next generation of musical talent. To do so, the band travels across the country to collaborate with high school and middle school bands, emphasizing inspiration over instruction.
Derek Blankenship, a former professional trumpet player and current Executive Director of the Venice Institute for the Performing Arts (VIPA), fondly recalls just such a high school experience. He is thrilled to note that the ensemble work will be working with the young musicians of the Venice High School Band during this upcoming performance.
Over the years, The Dallas Brass has involved more than 300,000 students in their performances. Connecting with students before the show, they aim to make the experience not just educational but also memorable. By modeling how to play so well, students can’t help but get inspired.
For those eager to witness the brilliance of The Dallas Brass, mark your calendars for March 21 at 7 pm at the Venice Performing Arts Center. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the magic of The Dallas Brass. For more information and ticket purchases: veniceperformingartscenter.com.
The Dallas Brass ensemble will work with the young musicians of the Venice High School Band during this upcoming performance.