Brass Band of Battle Creek to perform in Byron Center

Jennifer Rupp, executive director of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, joins WZZM to discuss the Dec. 2 event.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - For one night only, you can catch a group that has performed with some of the most prestigious ensembles in the world.

Brass Band of Battle Creek will host a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the VanSingel Fine Arts Center in Byron Center.

The 31-member Brass Band of Battle Creek has been described as an All-Star band of the brass and percussion world's elite -- attracting great musicians from around the United States and Europe to play two annual concerts in Battle Creek as well as a limited number of other engagements in handpicked locations in the U.S. and abroad.

Though rooted in the British brass band tradition characterized by larger ensembles of strictly brass and percussion, (no reed instruments or strings) the BBBC also weaves in American elements such as jazz improvisation, pops and swing, resulting in a hybrid style that makes the BBBC truly unique among brass bands.

Created in 1989 by brothers Jim and Bill Gray, podiatrists and amateur brass players from Battle Creek, the BBBC has grown to cult status in Battle Creek, where concerts are regularly sold out and waiting lists are created weeks in advance.

Band members come from American and European orchestras, colleges and universities, and U.S. service bands based in Washington, D.C.  Most have impressive international solo careers.

A portion of the evening's gate receipts will be donated to the Byron Center High School Band Boosters! Student tickets are only $20.

For more on ticket information, call 269-789-2222 or click here.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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