Brass 5 Asks Local Students, "Why Music?"

The Star City's favorite brass quintet, Brass 5, brought their signature high-energy educational program to local schools this week, making stops at Carver, Drewry Mason, Campbell Court and Stanleytown elementary schools as part of Piedmont Arts' educational outreach program.

The group, which has been performing and educating students about all things brass for over 30 years, performed the program, Why Music, a musical journey that explores the use of music in our day-to-day lives. 

With over 3,000 educational performances under their belt, the members of Brass 5 definitely know how to reach young audiences. The group works together each year to develop a new educational program for the K-12 students. Utilizing the public school teaching experience of its members, the programs relate musical selections to school curriculum in a fun format that has become the ensemble's signature style.

This is the 8th year that Piedmont Arts has sponsored Brass 5's performances in local schools.

"We look forward to every Brass 5 performance," said Barbara Parker, Piedmont Arts director of programs. "Their talent and energy really gets students excited about how music is such an important part of their lives, in ways they never thought about.”  

"Brass 5's performance at Carver Elementary was an entertaining program on how music is integrated into many aspects of everyday life," said Lisa F. Hubbard, a fourth grade teacher at Carver Elementary School. "The program was fast paced and kept the students engaged. Student participation in the skits was another highlight.  Thanks to Piedmont Arts for bringing such a wonderful program to our school."

The public can see Brass 5 in action at a special performance at Rives Theatre on December 19. The group will perform holiday classics in A Toast to Christmas. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Learn more at


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