A new community-based music ensemble called the Free State Brass Band is introducing its unique British-style sound to the Lawrence community at its first concert this month.
The program features classics such as Gustav Holst's "Moorside Suite," Percy Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry," R.B. Hall's "Death or Glory March" and Ralph Vaughan William's "Prelude to the 49th Parallel". The band’s debut concert is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St. Admission is free.
Members of the Free State Brass Band are music educators, music students from Kansas University and professional and amateur brass performers from Lawrence and the Kansas City metro area. It was founded by KU music student Jon Heaver, who is the artistic director of the ensemble. Scott Watson, KU professor of music, will serve as music director and conductor.