Wilmington Virtosi prepares for Debut
Wilmington Virtuosi Brass, located in Wilmington, North Carolina is a welcome new addition to the North American brass band movement. The band has been formed by Richard Hillson, a former National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain player. Having lived in the USA for 14 years Richard has previously played for Imperial Brass from New Jersey and Triangle Brass in North Carolina, including at Carnegie Hall last year, but wanted to found a British style brass band in Wilmington.
Commenting on the band’s development Richard explained, "I've been playing trumpet with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and have been astounded by the quality of brass musicians in the area. I'd been toying with the idea of setting up a brass band for a while and so we held an open rehearsal in September and attracted over 30 musicians, including the principal players of numerous musical groups in the state and many current or retired military musicians. The brass band movement is growing here, and I would love to develop this group to compete at the National Championships in the future.”
The band’s debut concert will take place on December 20th to a capacity crowd, many of whom will be experiencing British brass band music for the first time. Further information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100095133514467
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