The Brass Blast
Save the date and join us for the third annual Brass Blast to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Southington (CT) High School. Please share the 2014 Brass Blast flyer or 60-second (audio) public service announcement with your friends and register now.
The Southington Brass Blast is a brass festival, a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest trumpet ensemble, concert and a benefit for organizations that support students and musicians. At least 1,167 trumpeters are needed to break the record.
The 2013 Brass Blast
Thank you to the almost 300 brass players, their fans and our volunteers who joined us on April 27, 2013. Over $6,000 was raised for three worthy causes. View the official 2013 Brass Blast video and learn more about the 2013 Brass Blast. More photos and video from 2013 are also on the Southington Brass Facebook page.
The 2014 Brass Blast
All brass players, even those who hadn't played for a while, are invited to join us on April 26, 2014.
At our first two events we were thrilled to see families and friends performing together: kids, parents and grandparents; adult siblings; old college friends; current and former band members; teachers with groups of their students; etc. So, dust off your horn, invite all the brass players you know and join us.
Invite your fellow trumpet and brass players to participate via the Southington Brass Blast 2014, a Guinness World Record Attempt event on Facebook,
When: April 26, 2014. Rain (inside) or Shine (outside).
3 pm Registration, Vendor Fair, 4:00 pm Sectionals, 5:00 pm Group Performance and Attempt, 7:00 pm Concert featuring No BS! Brass. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Where: Southington High School, 720 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT. (Southington, Connecticut is located along I-84 and I-691 between Waterbury, New Haven and Hartford. It is about 2 hours from both New York City and Boston, MA.)
Fees: $ 15.00 - Group Registration Rate - 3 or more registering together ($15.00 per person)
$ 20.00 - Regular (check & registration form postmarked by April 14, 2014)
$ 20.00 - Electronic Registration with payment at the door (email information listed below to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 14, 2014 and bring check with you on the day of the event.)
$ 25.00 - At the Door
Register now! Fees are non-refundable. Then select from a variety of parts and print out your Brass Blast music.
Spectators can attend the Guiness attempt for free and can watch from the guest bleachers, although donations will be accepted.
Registration fees will benefit three worthy organizations:
- The Mill Foundation for Kids - www.millfoundation.org
- Southington High School Band Backers - www.shsmarchingband.com
- Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) - www.cmea.org
"The Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) is proud to support the Brass Blast. CMEA strives to support programs and activities such as this, for students, professional educators, and future music educators which in turn enhances the quality of music education for all children in Connecticut." - Dale D. Griffa, President, CMEA
What else is going on?
We are planning a day all about music and trumpet players including an exhibit area and concert. If your trumpet or brass ensemble would like to perform or if you are a vendor that caters to brass players, we encourage you to contact us. Vendors are also welcome to sponsor, exhibit or participate, download the sponsorship form. We also encourage you to contact us to learn more about other opportunities and display the 2014 Brass Blast flyer.
There will be a concert at 7 pm featuring No BS! Brass, URI Brass Quintet–Kick Brass and your hosts, Southington Brass.
No BS! Brass is a powerful brass band that embraces the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk. Their danceable arrangements are outstandingly well thought-out and organized, drawing inspiration from funk, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and Led Zeppelin. Nearly every member has had conservatory training, holding various degrees in music. Based in Richmond, Virginia, this band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. Check out their website at http://nobsbrass.com/ and a video of their performance at http://audiotree.tv/session/bs-brass-band/.
The University of Rhode Island is sending a Brass Quintet, Kick Brass
We would like to thank our lead sponsors.
- TAB Computer Systems, Inc.
We would like to thank our other supporters.
-Southington Band Backers
- NAMM Foundation's SupportMusic Coalition
- Emendee Technologies: Telecommunications and Energy Solutions
- Jaeger Brass: Brass Instrument Specialists
- The Music Shop of Southington
- D'Agostino & Mazzone, LLC: Certified Public Accountants, Business & Financial Advisors
- Swiss Cleaners & Uniform Services
- Music & Arts