No BS! Brass Long Weekend

Thursday night, No BS! Brass returns to Balliceaux to host its monthly dance party. We’re fresh off a successful performance in NYC and taping for Planet Money on NPR so you can expect crushing beats and expert analysis. On Friday, we travel to Festy in Charlottesville, VA to hang with our friends at Devil’s Backbone Brewing. On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be doing a live DVD taping at a top secret location. You can holler at me for tickets to the taping. See you on the scene!

Thursday, October 4
No BS! Brass

203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA

Friday, October 5th
No BS! Brass
The Festy
Nelson County, VA

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Next up, NYC

Next Sunday, No BS! Brass will travel to NYC to play Rockwood Music Hall as part of Dave Douglas’ Festival of New Trumpet Music. We’ll be sharing the stage with the fantastic new music ensemble yMusic. I got to hear yMusic at last year’s MusicNow Festival in Cincinnati and they were fantastic. The show starts at 7 pm and you can acquire tickets right here.

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Ligeti: Combat Evolved

I have played a lot of Halo. My friends from Birmingham, Alabama and I used to sit in the basement and shoot at each other for hours and hours and hours. I always thought the score to Halo was particularly well crafted and now I occasionally play the opening theme on piano for my Music Theory students to dictate (dorian mode, y’all!). However, it was not until a couple of years ago that I realized that this opening theme from seems to take it’s cue from one of my favorite pieces of art music, Ligeti’s Cello Sonata. First, check out the first eight notes of the Martin O’Donnell’s Halo theme:

Now, check out the first eight notes (after the double-stops) of the first movement of Ligeti’s Cello Sonata as played by Juan Mateo Revilla.

I report. You decide.

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Hitting the road with Matt White and Mountain Goats

As a member of the Spacebomb horns (scroll around for more pics), I’ll be hitting the road this October to play some shows with Matthew E. White’s One Incantation Under God and Mountain Goats in the U.S. and Canada. Matthew did the horn arrangements for the new Mountain Goats record and is revving up to put out his debut LP this fall so the tour pairing was a no-brainer. Check out the dates below. Hope to see y’all on the road!


9 – The National, Richmond, VA
10 – The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
11 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
14 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
15 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
18 – House of Blues , Boston, MA
19 – The Haunt, Ithaca, NY
20 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada
22 – Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids, MI
23 – Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
24 – The Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
26 – Blue Moose Taphouse, Iowa City, IA
27 – The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

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No BS! Brass this week

No BS! follows up its recent tour of VA and NC with several local shows this week. On Thursday, we’ll return to one of our favorite haunts, Balliceaux to preside over a pre-weekend dance party. On Friday we play a top-secret pool party in the early evening then head straight to The Camel for the Mingus Awareness Project. This year, the MAP features several small groups, including Hooten Levin Jones + Kuhl as well as one big one, No BS! Brass. We’ll be performing Jelly Roll, arranged by yours truly, Better Git Hit in Your Soul, arranged by Taylor Barnett and Invisible Lady, arranged by David Hood. On Saturday, we collaborate with the hilarious Richmond Comedy Coalition for Richmond Famous at Gallery 5, a production that features members of No BS! telling stories and members of the RCC performing improv comedy inspired by those stories. We might play a few tunes, as well. Come check us out!

Thursday, July 19
No BS! Brass

203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA

Friday, July 20th
Mingus Awareness Project w/ No BS! Brass and Hooten Levin Jones + Kuhl
The Camel
1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA
all ages

Saturday, July 21st
Richmond Comedy Coalition: Richmond Famous w/ No BS! Brass
Gallery 5
200 W. Marshall St. RVA

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Mars Hill New Music Festival

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be performing as a guest artist at the Mars Hill New Music Festival in April of 2013! Check out the details below…

Mars Hill New Music Festival is an annual festival of contemporary music held on the campus of Mars Hill College in North Carolina. MHNMF 2013 will be held April 19-20, 2013.

The 2013 Mars Hill New Music Festival will be held April 19-20, 2013, with related events on April 16 and 18. Guest artists will be vocalist Emily Hindrichs and composer/trombonist Bryan Hooten.

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Founder and director of MHNMF: Alan Theisen
Manager of MHNMF: Rebecca Long

The 2012 Mars Hill New Music Festival was held March 30-31, 2012. Guest artists were Duo Fujin ( and composers Sarah Zipperer Gaskins ( and Neil Anderson-Himmelspach (

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No BS! Brass Tours VA

Y’all! No BS! Brass will be touring VA and NC this weekend with hits in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Greensboro. Check out the website for more info!

July 4th Harrisonburg 4th of July Bash! 1-4pm

July 5th Crosby,Stills,Nash after party at Rapture in Charlottsville ,va. 10:30pm-1:30am

July 6th Blue 5 in Roanoke 10pm

July 7th Greensboro,Walkerfest,1pm

July 7th RVA at The Bike Lot,8pm

July 8th ,Camel 3-6pm No BS end of tour bloody mary afternoon brunch and live recording party!!!

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