Piedmont Arts Brings Brass 5's "Why Music?" to Local Schools

Brass 5 performed “Why Music?” at Sanville (pictured) and Mount Olivet elementary schools on Monday, as part of Piedmont Arts’ Educational Outreach Program

Brass 5, one of America’s most successful educational ensembles, brought their signature high-energy style to programs at Mount Olivet and Sanville elementary schools on Monday, February 24, 2020, as part of Piedmont Arts’ Educational Outreach Program. More than 600 students experienced the program, “Why Music?”, an exploration of how and why music is such an integral and important part of our lives.

Brass 5 has been performing and educating students about all things brass for over 30 years. With more than 3,000 educational performances under its belt, Brass 5 definitely knows how to reach young audiences. Utilizing the public school teaching experience of its members, the group works together to develop educational programs that relate musical selections to school curriculum in a fun format. 

This marks the 12th year Piedmont Arts has sponsored performances by Brass 5 in schools in Martinsville-Henry County.

“We love bringing Brass 5 into our schools,” said Education Coordinator Becki Williams Vasquez. “Their programs get students excited about music and how it can impact and shape our lives.”

Brass 5’s performances are sponsored by Piedmont Arts' Kathryn Ascough Smith Art Education Fund with assistance from Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Brass 5 will perform Sounds of the Big Bands and Beyond, a public concert, on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Piedmont Arts. A reception will be held at 6:30 pm and the concert will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students (K–12). Tickets are on sale now at Piedmont Arts and PiedmontArts.org.


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