We are very excited to begin recording of our newest CD this January, 2009. The recording will be a second celebrating the music of the Christmas season and will feature many fresh and new sounding arrangements of traditional sacred favorites as well as some music from the folk tradition and pop tunes. We have been very fortunate to have several arrangers step forward to help us with this project and we'll be publishing a list with their ordering information when we finalize the music to be included on the recording.
We have had another personnel change in 2008 with the departure of long time member and tubist Stephen Purifoy. It was a very sad occasion for us and him, but we wish him the best in his new job and city. His service and dedication to us really helped give us a lot of the successes we've enjoyed during his tenure.
This opening has been ably filled by Michael Taylor. His resume as well as his playing is very impressive and we have enjoyed working with him in the group. I hope you will take a moment to visit his personal page.
First organized in 1978 as a brass quartet, the UBE and its members have been providing music for area orchestras, big bands, church services, dedications, weddings and receptions, theater productions, area club functions, and civic functions. The ensemble's repertoire ranges from the medieval to modern eras. Through the years, its members have performed with many of North Carolina's symphonies as well as others across the nation, various theater pit orchestras across North Carolina, many backup orchestras for names such as Bob Hope, Roy Clark, The Temptations, The Four Tops, jazz great Clark Terry, local touring rock bands, and many big bands across the state including the prestigious Jazz Hall of Fame Unifour Jazz Ensemble and such nationally known groups as the Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Elgart, Art Pepper, and Charlie Spivak orchestras. In addition, several members have conducted music for theater productions, public and private school music, community brass ensembles, community jazz ensembles, and community bands. Several past members have gone on to become professional performers or teaching careers at several universities and colleges across the nation.
The Unifour Brass Ensemble Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the public, most notably our young people, with a basic appreciation for music through the wonderful sound of brass instruments. With art in our culture being somewhat diminished today, we feel that we can make a difference and help to keep the art of music and ensemble playing alive.
For information on availability for weddings, church services, recitals, and other events, click here for Rates and Donations, Upcoming Appearances to check our current schedule or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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