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805 Brass will be performing at the Namba Performing Arts Space in Ventura on December 8th, 2018 at 8:00. This exiting and versatile instrumental group is a brass quintet with a twist: they have two trumpets and a trombone, but instead of French Horn and Tuba, they have two Saxophones.
The program will feature the standard brass quintet music a la the Canadian Brass, such as Summertime by George Gerswhin, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Tuxedo Junction intertwined with some classical music, tango, ragtime, and 20th Century compositions.
The 805 Brass also has the library from the Hornheads, a group is composed of the horn section for the pop singer Prince. This part of the program will feature original compositions of Hornheads trombone player Michael Nelson as well as Michael’s wild arrangements of tunes from Westside Story and Sweet Georgia Brown.
805 Brass is the third iteration of brass quintets started by Scott Weiss about 30 years ago. The musicians are Jim Labertew and Scott Weiss on trumpet, Randy Caplan and Richard Bunter on saxophone, and Stephen Hughes on Trombone. All of the musicians have studied music at the university level. Jim, Randy, and Richard all studied music at Cal State Northridge. 4 of the 5 members of 805 are members of the Ojai Pops Orchestra.