Chamber music groups providean amazing opportunity for solo and ensemble growth. You don't hide in a section. And while it is in every way a team effort,  you are totally responsible for your own part. When you take this experience back to your wind symphony, orchestra, or band you'll be amazed at the strength and ability ayou've discovered and refined! Playing your instrument becomes easier and more rewarding! ~ Earl Raney


For Brass Players Ages 14 - Adult
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

An Intense Brass Bonanza!

Register today to receive you music and start preparing.

8:30  Arrival and warm-up
9:00   Group lesson
10:30  Chamber music rehearsal
11:30  Lunch break
12:30  Chamber music rehearsal
1:30   EBQ Open rehearsal
2:30  Performance masterclass 
3:30  Tuba ensemble, trombone ensemble, horn ensemble, trumpet ensemble
4:30  Large brass ensemble rehearsal

The Epic Brass Quintet under the direction of TPAC director and trumpeter Earl Raney will hold EPIC BRASS DAY 2019 for Brass Players ages 14-adult on Tuesday, July 16 at the Thayer Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, MA.  This intensive day for trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba players will combine private and group lessons, performance master classes, chamber ensemble coaching, large brass ensemble rehearsal,and interactive rehearsals/master classes by the EBQ. For more information please call 508-339-3742 or visit
This unique program attracts brass players of all ages from throughout New England.  Since its inception in 2001, the Epic Brass Summer Institute and Summer Brass Day became an immediate hit with amateur and semi-professional players.  “This is a wonderful way for outstanding brass players to discover each other and have the chance to form chamber music groups, some of which stay together all year long. This is also a great opportunity for pre-existing school, community and church brass groups to receive expert coaching and move into a new level of ensemble playing,” TPAC Director Earl Raney says.  “This is a brass player’s dream day!”  Repertoire studied includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Twentieth Century, and Jazz.
Since winning the prestigious Alliance Auditions (Northeast Chamber Music Competition) in 1986, Earl Raney's Epic Brass Quintet has blazed a trail across forty-six states with performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Ambassador Auditorium. Internationally, the group has concertized in Canada, Bermuda, throughout Eastern and Western Europe and, most recently, the Far East.  The Epic Brass has been regularly featured on radio and television programs nationwide, including live performances on Boston's WGBH “Morning Pro Musica,” San Francisco's KQED “West Coast Weekend Show,” Pittsburgh's WQED, Seattle's KING “Live By George,” and National Public Radio's “Performance Today.”  The quintet is praised for its richly varied repertoire which spans Renaissance to twentieth century compositions, blending serious artistic interpretation with light-hearted entertainment.  Epic Brass members are also talented arrangers who supply a constant array of original and innovative arrangements to the group's eclectic repertoire. Drawing from diverse experience, members of the Quintet have also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, New World Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Boston Lyric Opera. Epic Brass has been a guest artist for VH1 "Save the Music," Newbold Music Festival in Bracknell, England, and the New England Summer Arts Program.  The Epic Brass has presented over 2000 concerts, master classes, and clinics for young musicians at high school, colleges, and universities across the country. 
Thayer Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is housed in a beautiful historic mansion located in the rural township of Lancaster in Central Massachusetts, 49 miles west of Boston and 190 miles northeast of New York City. For over fifty years, hundreds of talented musicians, of all levels and ages, have been musically nurtured at this landmark community arts center.  TPAC is proud to host the Epic Brass Day.TPAC Director Earl Raney is well-known as Artistic Director and Solo Trumpeter of the award-winning Epic Brass Quintet. Raney has given over 2000 performances in 46 states, with appearances at venues including the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has concertized throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Far East. Raney has recorded eight compact discs for the Ars Nova Digital label. In addition to his chamber music career, he has performed with several New England area orchestras and as principal trumpet with the Taipei Festival Orchestra in Taiwan, R.O.C.


Raney is a roster artist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and New England Foundation for the Arts. Deeply committed to music education, he has directed the annual EBQ Summer Institute for Brass Players; performed as clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country and abroad; and served as a faculty member of New England Conservatory's Preparatory School in Boston. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music in Performance at Wheaton College in Norton. Balancing a dual career as trumpeter and conductor, Raney serves as conductor of the Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony and the Atlantic Wind Symphony. Past conducting posts include the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra and  the Atlantic Union College Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Raney conducted the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic National Festival Band in Reykjanesbaer. He will serve as guest conductor of Gordon College Symphony Orchestra during the fall of 2018.

B.M. Trumpet Performance, Boston University
M.M. Orchestral Conducting, Boston University

EPIC BRASS DAY ~  July 16, 2019  

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