19th Century Instruments, Revival Bands Featured in Unique Brass Concert

Humboldt State University hosts a one-of-a-kind concert featuring music both historic and fun. Much of the concert will be played on historic instruments; the real deal—not reproduction, brass of the 19th century. Included is a tuba once owned by one of HSU’s “Founders.”

Guest performers are a Quintet of brass, principle players, of the 5th California Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band out of Sacramento. This band has appeared with Civil War re-enactors, and will soon be performing (again) at Alcatraz Island as the 3rd US Artillery Band, posted in San Francisco in the 1800s. The 5th CVIRB Quintet performs on period instruments and from original / facsimile sheet music of the day.

Humboldt’s current semester brass project is a 19th Century Quintet. On tap with this group are a couple of important works of the period by Ludwig Maurer and Victor Ewald. This music is “symphonic” in tones, and chamber music in setting. The HSU lineup of brass includes instruments from 1885, 1896, c.1900, and more.

After intermission, both quintets will likely join forces, “mustering up” to play a few ten-part brass works dating to 1854, found in collections at the Library of Congress.

Closing is a cameo with all players joined by Humboldt Bay Brass Band in a performance of “Sequoia Carnival March,” a delightful 1895 Humboldt County work composed for an important summer festival held in downtown Eureka. This one is part John Philip Sousa and part Scott Joplin.

Tickets: $8 General, $5 Senior / Child, HSU students free with ID.

More information: humboldt.edu/music/brass-ensembles