Saturday, February 22, 2020
Knox United Church, Parksville. Concert at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
The Foothills Brass Quintet was founded in 1981, with first concert performances , shows in schools and educational touring bookings. By the fall of 1982 and into 1983, the quintet were scheduling their first tour of evening performances throughout British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, and Alberta into Fort McMurray. 1983 marked their first studio recording for CBC radio broadcast.
Quickly the Foothills Brass Quintet received accolades and invitations for engagements Their tours took them into the United States and to Canada’s Maritimes provinces. Alberta designated the quintet to a four-year term as brass faculty and resident ensemble for the Alberta Summer Music Workshop in 1984.
The quintet was honoured to be musical guests at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. From there, the ensemble set off on their first international tour that included a Christmas Eve performance in Bethlehem Town Square; a Christmas Day performance at the Jerusalem Theatre, and a two-week tour of Israel.
The Winter Olympics, 1988, in Calgary, honoured the FBQ with command performances for ceremonies throughout, followed by the release of the ensemble’s first “polished” CD.
A tour to England, with performances at a Joni Mitchell Art Exhibit opening, the Broadgate Centre and Canada House, and the prestigious Covent Garden Festival paved the way to first symphony performances later, in Prince George and Edmonton.
Three more CD’s were recorded and released in the late 1990’s, with the quintet’s schedule including further performances with the Okanagan Symphony and the Edmonton Symphony.
The early 2000’s saw the quintet touring the mid-western United States with two tours that totaled 37 concerts in 14 states. Rave reviews and further bookings took the ensemble to Florida with their new show, “Bourbon Street to Broadway”.
Tours grew extensively and took the quintet to California and Kentucky, and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Georgia, Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Tennessee.
The Foothills Brass Quintet performs annually in concert halls, universities, classrooms and cathedrals. It is estimated that the ensemble has performed for and worked with approximately one million students – elementary, middle school, high school, colleges and universities throughout North America. The FBQ strives exceptional achievement in artistic performance, educational collaboration and innovative leadership.
The Foothills Brass website