The HoodleBug Brass, IUP’s brass quintet-in-residence, has released its first commercial compact disc. Christmas Postcards from the HoodleBug Brass features 15 tracks of music for the Christmas season. The quintet will perform works from the compact disc and other music for the holidays on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the DiCicco Rehearsal Studio in Cogswell Hall.
For the recording, several arrangements were written especially for the HoodleBug Brass by faculty members Jack Stamp, Keith Young, Dave Ferguson, and Zach Collins. IIUP alumni providing arrangements include Ken Young (1972), Anthony O’Toole (2011), and Michael Gaydeski (2011). Also featured on the disc are Michael Kingan on drumset and the Baumer Treble Choir.
Jim Haydon of Complex One Recording Studios in Indiana was the recording engineer for the project, and Meghan McMeans, a student in the IUP Art Department, created the artwork for the CD.
The HoodleBug Brass released its first compact disc, entitled Brass Fac’s, in March 2004. Their second disc, Off the Trac’s, was released in October 2009. The quintet performs works of all styles, from the Baroque to contemporary, pop, and jazz. Most recently, the HoodleBug Brass traveled to Russia in October 2012 and participated in brass festivals held in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Admission to the concert is free. Following the performance on December 4, there will be a reception and a “signing party” for anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the compact disc. The cost of the CD is $15. The recording may also be purchased as digital downloads through iTunes, Amazon. or CDBaby. They are also available through the IUP Bookstore or in town at the Artists Hand Gallery.
Members of the HoodleBug include Kevin Eisensmith and Dave Fergurson, trumpet; Jack Scandrett, horn; Christian Dickinson, trombone; and Zach Collins, tuba.
For more information regarding this and other programs, please call the the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.