HPU: Home of NC’s First Professional Brass Band

High Point University is now home to the newest professional ensemble in North Carolina: the North Carolina Brass Band (NCBB). As one of only two professional brass bands in the nation, the British-style brass ensemble covers songs in genres such as orchestra, jazz and pop.

The NCBB was established in February 2014 by HPU’s assistant director of bands, Dr. Brian Meixner. The ensemble includes members from the HPU faculty – including Dr. Danny Frye, director of instrumental studies; Robert Campbell, instructor of French horn; and Rusty Smith, instructor of trumpet – as well as other esteemed musicians from the state.

As the official home of the NCBB, the band’s debut album, “First in Flight,” was recorded at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on campus. Meixner says the band and its album will add value not only to the music industry, but also to members of the HPU community.

“As only the second professional brass band in the United States, the NCBB brings attention and praise to our Department of Music and to the cultural happenings on our campus,” says Meixner. “The students in the music department benefit tremendously by working in close contact with these faculty members and having the opportunity to watch on-campus rehearsals.”

The NCBB will hold its first concert series Sept. 28 through 30. The general public may purchase tickets at the door for $20; students may purchase tickets for $5. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Sunday, Sept. 28: Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, N.C.
  • Monday, Sept. 29 Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30: Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C.

The NCBB’s album is available for purchase via www.ncbrassband.org, iTunes and other online music distributors.

Listen to a radio interview with Meixer on 88.5 WFDD at www.wfdd.org/post/north-carolina-brass-band-states-first-professional-brass-band.

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