The American quintet Seraph Brass goes on tour in the United States and Mexico


These five distinguished brass players, who have just recorded their studio album in Finland for Summit Records (taking advantage of the recently celebrated Lieksa Brass Week), are already embarking on their autumn tour that will begin in late September, 2017.

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.

Raquel Rodriquez

Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University.

Jean Laurenz

Member of the Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect and teacher at Fordham High School for the Arts, New York.

Rachel Velvikis

Professor of Horn at the University of Richmond and Richmond Symphony collaborator.

Hana Beloglavec

Assistant Professor of Trombone at Louisiana State University.

Donna Parkes

Principal Trombone of the Louisville Orchestra.

Joanna Ross Hersey

Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Gretchen Renshaw

Director of Bands and Instructor of Low Brass at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

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 F