The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass to Play Thurber

Posted by Sue Samuels - 24 August, 2017

big-brass.jpgRandolph celebrates National Arts in Education Week September 11-15 with a series of evening events that are open to the public.

We are excited to welcome The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass to the Thurber Arts Center on Wednesday, September 13.

The band reflects the diverse makeup of American culture, and is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by all.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is a seven-piece brass and percussion group that comprises some of America’s top brass musicians, a veritable “dream team” of virtuoso players who have performed with some of the world’s most prominent groups, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 

Their performances range from solo trumpet, to brass quintet, to the full ensemble with percussion, and include a wide range of music and styles, including jazz, Dixieland, classical, and pop music.

The group is especially committed to connecting with the world’s youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams.

The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, “All Things Considered.”

According to jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, “No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time…unless you’re my cousin Rodney.”


No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time…unless you’re my cousin Rodney.

RMPBB_SQBanner.jpegThe arts are an essential part of a complete education, whether at home, at school, or in the community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity.

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students and share the message with friends, family, and community.

Randolph is the  only school in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to celebrate National Arts in Education Week. We are bringing three nationally renowned artists to campus for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

Come hear their virtuoso performance of everything from pop to classical to jazz music in an exciting and enjoyable evening experience,  Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7:00 p.mTickets are $25/adults and $15/students with ID.

The School is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors of our celebration of Arts in Education Week.


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Topics: Arts, Huntsville, music, Thurber Arts Center, Band, National Arts in Education Week

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