(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Imperial Brass presents "Christmas Rejoicing" in Westfield and Morristown this December. Each performance includes holiday favorites such as Farandole, Sleigh Ride, Trepak and White Christmas, brass band arrangements of Christmas selections – and a sing-along.
The first performance takes place at the Redeemer Lutheran Church (229 Cowperthwaite Place) in Westfield on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Showtime is 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children and students. Tickets for this performance are available for purchase online.
The second performance takes place at The Presbyterian Church (57 E Park Place) in Morristown on Saturday, December 17, 2022. Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 children and students. Tickets for this performance are available for purchase online.
Imperial Brass has been delighting audiences around New Jersey for over 30 years. Originally founded as the Rutgers Alumni Brass Band by alumni Steve Dillon and Jon Korsun with arranger Mark Freeh, the band gave its first concert in April of 1991. Since then, Imperial Brass has presented highly entertaining programs that include traditional brass band literature, classical arrangements, popular music and more.
Many of the world’s greatest brass musicians have worked and collaborated with Imperial Brass over the years. Featured artists have included former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Philip Smith, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic Joseph Alessi, storied British euphonium soloists Robert and Nicholas Childs, famed American jazz cornetist Warren Vaché, principal trombone of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Charles Baker, and principal tuba of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Derek Fenstermacher.
Imperial Brass has performed at memorable venues across the state, including multiple appearances at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, the Montclair Citadel, and the Monmouth County Public Library in Manalapan. The band also performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference held at Rowan University in 2006, as well as the New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention in 2013. Imperial Brass has worked under the baton of many fine conductors, including Patrick Burns, Brian Bowen, Thomas McCauley, Anthony LaGruth and currently Ron Waiksnoris, who has served as Music Director since 2016.
Imperial Brass has also recorded, produced and released 6 CDs: Imperial Brass Highlights (1995), Imperial Brass and Friends (2002), Bone-a-Fide Brass (2007), Have Yourself a Brassy Little Christmas (2007), An American Legend: Imperial Brass Plays the Music of Leroy Anderson (2017), and Imperial Brass Plays J.S. Bach (2018).