Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band to perform Veterans Day Concert

Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band to perform Veterans Day ConcertPictured, is the Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band. Provided photo.

The Mansfield University (MU) Mountaineer Brass Band, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Rinnert, will present a concert honoring United States military veterans on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Auditorium (Building 92) in Bath, N.Y. 

The hour-long concert will feature a wide variety of marches, patriotic pieces, and popular tunes. An Armed Forces Salute that includes songs associated with each branch of the United States armed forces will highlight the concert.

Nov. 11 marks the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of Compiegne, ending World War I. Referred to as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day following WWI, the Nov. 11 holiday was renamed “Veterans Day” by the U.S. government in 1954. 

In commemoration of this centennial anniversary, the Mountaineer Brass Band is adding 11 woodwinds to the ensemble to form a traditional, 1910s-era military-style band. This 41-piece ensemble will offer a wide variety of music from the WWI era. 

Chamber ensembles made up of members of the band will also perform music period pieces – a woodwind quintet, a saxophone quartet, a brass quintet, a percussion ensemble, and a barbershop quartet. 

The Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band is proud to be the only traditional, British brass band in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and one of only a handful of university brass bands in the U.S., where the brass band movement seems to be increasing by leaps and bounds. 

Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band to perform Veterans Day Concert

Pictured, is the Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band. Provided photo.

The Mountaineer Brass Band maintains a minimum instrumentation of eight cornets, one flugelhorn, three tenor horns, two baritones, two euphoniums, three trombones, two E-flat tubas, two BB-flat tubas, and three percussionists (27 total). 

Initiated at MU in the spring of 2006 (performing on “less-British” instruments like trumpets, French horns, and American baritones), the band really took off spring of 2008 with support from the university Provost who provided the band with new cornets, tenor horns, baritones, and E-flat tubas. This ensemble quickly has become a favorite for both performers and audiences.

The Mountaineer Brass Band performs one stand-alone concert each semester, plays one number at the annual music department PRISM concerts, serves as the MU Commencement Band for December and May ceremonies, and participates as one of the clinic ensembles at the annual MU Conducting Symposium held each February in Steadman Theater. 

In addition to these annual events, Mountaineer Brass Band competes every few years in the North American Brass Band Association contest in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The band’s first trip to this contest in 2015 resulted in a second place trophy in the 3rd Section.  

For more information about the concert and the Mountaineer Brass Band, contact Dr. Rinnert by email to nrinnert@mansfield.edu.

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