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BRASSFEST 2023, Jan. 22 in WIU's COFAC Recital Hall

The Western Illinois University School of Music and BCA will present the 25th Anniversary BRASSFEST 2023 Sunday, Jan. 22, in the COFAC Recital Hall.

The annual BRASSFEST is an all-day event that features performances by the WIU Faculty Brass Quintet and guest artists, instrumental masterclasses, clinics and rehearsals with WIU faculty and guests.

This year’s guest ensemble, Seven Hills Brass of Cincinnati, OH, will conclude the festival with a performance at 4 p.m. in the COFAC Recital Hall, which is open to the public. Admission is $10 at the door, or visit


Noon - Check in

12:15 p.m. - WIU LaMoine Brass Quintet Recital

1 p.m. - Breathing and Buzzing by Dr. James Land

1:30 PM - Masterclass with WIU students

3 p.m. - Brass Choir Reading Session

4 p.m. - Seven Hills Brass Recital


Rejoice! - Raymond Burkhart

Renaissance Suite - Farnaby and Byrd/arr. Michael Allen

I. The Earle of Oxford's Marche

II. The Olde Spagnoletta

III. His Dreame

IV. His Humour

V. Tell Me, Daphne

VI. A Toye

Colossus - Anthony DiLorenzo

October for Brass Ensemble - Eric Whitacre

Contrapunctus - J. S. Bach/arr. Michael Allen

Fanfare For The Brave - Andy Wolfe


La Cathedrale Engloutie - Claude Debussy/arr. Michael Allen

A Little Russian Circus - Anthony DiLorenzo

I. Tent of Terror

II. Nikolai The Magnificent

III. The Clown

IV. Rings of Fire

Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee - Johannes Brahms/trans. Tom Smee

- Bruce Briney, conductor

Libertango from Tango Suite - Astor Piazzolla/arr. Michael Allen

Visit for registration/ticket information.

- $25 admission to all events

- $10 admission to final performance only, pre-pay at or at the door

- Free admission to WIU staff and students

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