Seraph Brass is a quintet founded in 2014, composed solely of women, by international solo trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, who also belongs to the Richmond Symphony and is a resident artist at the University of North Carolina. At Trumpetland School, we have Mary Bowden video lessons for just 99 cents (less than the cost of a coffee).
In addition to Bowden on this tour, the role of the other trumpet will rotate between Raquel Rodriquez and Jean Laurenz. Rachel Velvikis will always take on the horn. Hana Beloglavec and Donna Parkes will also alternate on the trombone, as will Joanna Ross Hersey and Gretchen Renshaw on tuba.
On their fall tour, which will pass through the states of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania y Virginia, and even cross the border to visit León, Guanajuato (México), they will play pieces by Debussy, Grieg, Liszt, Gershwin and Bernstein, as well as new works of female American composers commissioned by the group.
Seraph Brass participated in the last International Women's Brass Conference in Glassboro, New Jersey, and last season they performed at Penn State Erie, Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert held at the Chicago Cultural Center, Western Illinois University, Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and over 55 concerts throughout the country, including a collaboration on Adele's 2016 tour.
The quintet already released an album in 2016 that contained live recordings of its 2015-2016 season. Another release awaits in January 2018, the latest recorded in Finland (with works by American composers Rene Orth and Catherine McMichael, plus new arrangements by Jeff Luke), but if you do not want to wait until then and prefer to listen to them live, then here are the dates, hours, and ticket information for their fall tour:
Fall 2017 Tour:
Lineup: Mary Bowden and Raquel Rodriquez (trumpets); Rachel Velvikis (horn); Hana Beloglavec (trombone); Joanna Ross Hersey (tuba).
September 21, 2017: 8:00 p.m., Mateo Herrera Auditorium, Forum Cultural Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato (México).
September 23, 2017: 7:30 p.m., East Noble High School, Cole Auditorium, Kendallville, IN.
September 24, 2017: 3:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN.
September 25, 2017: 7:30 p.m., Wittenberg University, Weaver Chapel, Springfield, OH. (Also featured: Master class, TBD.)
September 26, 2017: 7:00 p.m., Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.
September 28, 2017: 7:30 p.m., South Dakota Developmental Center's Administration Building Auditorium, Redfield, SD.
September 29, 2017: 7:30 p.m., Business Arts & Recreation Center Auditorium, Windom, MN.
October 1, 2017: 3:00 p.m., McCoy True Value Hardware, Indianola, IA.
Lineup: Mary Bowden and Raquel Rodriquez (trumpets); Rachel Velvikis (horn); Donna Parkes (trombone); Joanna Ross Hersey (tuba)
October 2, 2017: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (two performances), Otto B. Laing Middle School Auditorium, Algona, IA.
October 3, 2017: 7:00 p.m., Chequamegon High School Auditorium, Park Falls, WI.
October 5, 2017: 7:00 p.m., Hibbing High School Auditorium, Hibbing, MN. (Also featured: Master class, TBD.)
October 6, 2017: 7:30 p.m., Crookston High School Auditorium, Crookston, MN.