Brassy tunes at twilight

12 July 2012
The Brass Knuckle Band will perform at Twilight Brass Recital on 18 July
Lovers of jazz, Latin and funk-style music will be treated to a performance by visiting Canberra line-up, the Brass Knuckle Brass Band at USQ’s next Twilight Recital.

Founded in 2010 by former Darling Downs musicians and USQ Alumni, Cameron Smith (trumpet) and Courtney Stark (vocals), the 9-piece band features trumpet, trombone, sousaphone, saxophone, percussion and vocal.

‘Essentially, our sound is of the New Orleans Street funk band, it’s bold and brassy, with great tone and groove,’ said Mr Smith.

‘We draw influence from a variety of jazz styles from Dixieland to funk to modern jazz.’

Their Toowoomba recital will draw on original compositions by members of the band, commissioned works and arrangements of music by Dave Douglas' Brass Ecstasy, Youngblood Brass Band and Michael Jackson, to name a few.

The program will also include traditional standards such as Otis Redding and Steve Cropper’s Mr Pitiful, Sweet Georgia Brown and St James Infirmary.

Joining the band will be two other local musicians; Jamie Nuss (percussion) and Paul Edwards (saxophone).

‘A highlight of my time at USQ was performing with the USQ Big Band; it helped shape my musical style and gave me the skills and confidence to play in any ensemble.

‘It was also a time when I formed some great friendships with fellow students and musicians including Jamie and Paul so we are very pleased to be including them in our line-up for the Toowoomba show.’

The Brass Knuckle Brass Band has performed to great acclaim at the 2011 National Folk Festival, Summer Rhythm Festival, Melbourne International Festival of Brass, Corinbank Festival and embarked on their first tour, playing at venues in Melbourne, Sydney and the NSW south coast.

Members of Band also regularly perform in jazz, folk, Latin, hip hop and classical groups, most notably the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

‘The majority of the Band is from Canberra, so we are really looking forward to showing them around our hometown and treating local audiences to a red hot performance.’

The Twlight Brass Recital will comment at 6pm in the USQ Arts Theatre on Wednesday 18 July.

Tickets are $18.50 Adult, $15.50 Concession, $13.50 Student, $8.50 Child and can be purchased through the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111.

This recital is proudly hosted by the USQ Faculty of Engineering and Surveying.
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