FATHER/SON DUO REPRISE
CIVIL WAR-ERA MUSIC
Music professor Ken Austin
and his son Benjamin, a senior, will recreate music of the 19th century
when they team up with the Yankee Brass of New England and Great Western
Rocky Mountain Brass Band this summer.
Dr. Austin, a 10-year veteran
of both bands, will return to the Northeast as a guest soloist in July
while Benjamin makes his first appearance. In August, they will head west
to the Rocky Mountain region, where they participated together last year.
Both Orland Park, Illinois, residents will play the cornet.
are two fine groups made of people who have a great time playing with one
another," Dr. Austin said. "The music is really neat because people don't
hear it anymore, and we dress in costumes of the bands from that time."
The Yankee Brass Band replicates
the music of an 1860s civil war troupe with antique instruments from that
era. The Rocky Mountain band focuses on music from the later 1800s but
with modern instruments. Benjamin regards these opportunities as an unusual
"I'm intrigued by history,
and playing in these bands is a unique way of studying it," said the history,
computer science, and theology major. "It's one thing to read history,
but music brings it to life, and that's the most fun."
The Yankee Brass Band will
present concerts at historic war sites, museums, and parks throughout Vermont,
Massachusetts, and New Hampshire July 22-26. The Great Western Rocky Mountain
Brass Band will play for outdoor festivals in Silverton, Colorado, August
Dr. Austin's off-campus credits
also include 11 years with The New Philharmonic, a Chicago-based professional
orchestra. He performed the Bruckner Symphony No. 4 on May 9 and 10, a
premier piece for the solo trumpet. Austin has developed Trinity's instrumental
program from just 10 students in 1990 to 43 playing in the wind ensemble
and several smaller performing groups.
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