Bold & Brassy: Houston Brass Band and St. Thomas’ Pipe Band

Brass-Conductor“Seventy six trombones led the big parade, with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand” — so wrote Meredith Willson in that American classic The Music Man. The concert at St. Thomas’ on Mother’s Day featured a mere 35 musicians, but the sound was every bit as stirring and upbeat as Willson’s lyrics suggest.

The fourth in our Moseley Memorial Concerts’ inaugural season featured The Houston Brass Band under the direction of Robert Walp, its Music Director. The Houston Brass Band is a British-style brass band modeled on the bands formed by civic organizations in England during the Industrial Revolution; it features a wide range of unusual instruments with conical boards – such as the tenor horn, the baritone, and euphonium.

2014-05-11-BRASS-PIPESPlaying to a large crowd of people of all ages, the program began with a traditional march and continued with arrangements of folk and dance music with a heavy British and Scottish accent including a work by Henry VIII, the Hymn of the Highlands by Philip Sparke, and Nimrod by Edward Elgar.

Pipes-BrassAbout midway through the performance, the band was joined by St. Thomas’ own world-champion Bagpipe and Drum Band for renditions of Scotland the Brave and Amazing Grace among others. As the appreciative audience got to their feet in a rousing applause, bagpipes, drums, and brass finished with an encore of Highland Cathedral.

Speaking for all in the audience, at the end of the first piece a small child shouted “Yay!”

For more information, and for a schedule of future concerts, visit the Houston Brass Band on the web.

The Moseley Memorial Concert season begins in September. Sign up for email announcements about upcoming concerts or check our event calendar.

For more information about music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, email music@stes.org.