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Pictured are (left to right) members:
Dennis Askew (tuba),Wayne Bennett (fluegelhorn),
Randy Kohlenberg
(trombone), Christian McIvor (trumpet),
and Edward Bach (trumpet)

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The Market Street Brass was founded in 1974 as the resident faculty brass quintet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The quintet performs music in all styles from Renaissance to jazz in a variety of settings. Some 50 or more engagements per year include concerts, services, and music for special events. Particularly noteworthy are the many Christmas Concerts and performances in church services during the months of November and December. Because of the vast and varied library of the quintet, special concerts and performances regularly are created for specific events, celebrations, and services.

Members of the Market Street Brass include:

Edward Bach, trumpet
Christian McIvor, trumpet
Wayne Bennett, fluegelhorn
Randy Kohlenberg, trombone
Dennis AsKew, tuba

The Market Street Brass has performed throughout the United States for professional music education conferences, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and concert series. In August 2005, the Market Street Brass traveled to PR China to perform concerts in Beijing and Changsha. In Beijing, concerts were played in the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Peking University Concert Hall. In Changsha, the concert was broadcast live on Chinese television (CCT), and that concert was released in a DVD—MSB Live in China. During a return to China in November 2006, performances were presented in Guangzhou, Dong Guan, Dalian, and Beijing. During that trip members presented master classes at the South China University of Technology (Guangzhou), Sanlihe No. 5 School (Beijing), and the Children's Palace in Beijing's Forbidden City.

Among the many national tours, the Market Street Brass has performed concerts performed extensively in Texas from the southern border (Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco, and other cities) through the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Another extended tour took the group from the Metroplex through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Other extended concert tours have included evening concerts and school performances in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Alabama. Also the MSB has performed for a variety of state and national conferences in North Carolina and other states in the midwest and mid-Atlantic states.

The Market Street Brass travels annually to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, to complete a perfoming and teaching residency in the Waccamaw Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. The MSB has a long history of working with public and private schools to present educational concerts in an informative, relaxed setting.
In a collaborative effort with the Randolph County [NC] Schools, the MSB focused upon performing in some 19 elementary, middle, and high schools in Fall 2004.

From the Archives: The Market Street Brass performing (May 2004) as the featured brass quintet at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, PA

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