Listen to a Sampling of Our Repertoire

Joshua

Verle Ormsby’s jazz interpretation of the old spiritual Joshua has become one of our favorites.

Allegro

Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas taught at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest 1949–1975. His music has been described as “melodic, quirky and broadly traditional.” Written in 1987, this tune from his collection of Hungarian Dances for brass quintet fits that description perfectly. Selections from this suite would be excellent music for a wedding ceremony or other formal occasion.

Irish Tune from County Derry

Regarded as a modern master of harmonization and arranging, Percy Aldridge Grainger's rendition of the old Irish tune Danny Boy shows his skill at composing harmony lines that are as beautiful as the familiar melody.

Tango for Jam Jam

With its daring moves and sensuous melodies, the tango took the world by storm in the early 20th century. Tango for Jam Jam is a snappy audience favorite that features the first trumpet.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Originally composed by J. S. Bach as a section of his cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, this familiar tune has become a favorite for wedding ceremonies.

March

Ralph Vaughan William's English Folk Song Suite is considered a staple in the concert band repertoire. Excerpted here is a brief portion of the rousing March that concludes the three movement suite.

One Hand, One Heart

With a contemporary twist on Shakespeare's classic romance Romeo and Juliet, composer Leonard Bernstein created a sensation with his musical West Side Story. The duet One Hand One Heart provides the perfect musical accompaniment for a wedding's unity candle ceremony.

Stardust

Written in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael, Stardust is a perennial favorite from the Great American Songbook. Our arrangement for brass quintet is by noted American composer and arranger Lenny Niehaus.

Procession of the Nobles

With its rousing trumpet fanfare, Procession of the Nobles is decidedly the most familiar legacy of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Mlada. Organist Elaine Mann joined Cedar Valley Brass for this recital performance.

March Triumphal

German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert achieved considerable fame writing for chorus, organ and wind instruments. March Triumphal is a free interpretation of the old hymn tune Nun danket alle Gott. The work is often performed as a processional/recessional. Elaine Mann performs on the pipe organ with Cedar Valley Brass.

Air on the G String

Adapted from the second movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, this transcription is by noted Canadian Brass arranger Arthur Frackenpohl. The title refers to the fact that the melody can be played entirely on a single violin string.

Canzona Bergamasca

The bergamasca was a popular dance that originated in Italy sometime in the 16th century. German composer Samuel Scheidt's (1567-1654) composition was likely written for a flexible instrumentation of string and wind instruments. This excerpt, taken from an arrangement by Conrad DeJong, has become one of the standards in the brass quintet repertoire and is frequently heard at weddings, garden parties and church services!

Pennsylvania Polka

Arranger Paul Nagle's Polka Festival medley of back-slappin', foot stompin' polkas never fails to get our audiences to kick up their heels.