03 June 2024

Students arrived  at 1pm and checked in at the QMA reception and the event officially kicked off with a short but impressive welcome performance by the faculty, setting an enthusiastic and motivating atmosphere.


From 1:15pm to 2:00pm, students split into groups for masterclasses and fundamental sessions. Trumpets worked with Mr. Jim Kulpa and Mr. Tomoki Kirita. Ms. Rachel Seay worked with the Horns and Mr. Ray Heberer instructed the Low Brass. Each session was tailored to the specific needs of the students, offering valuable insights and techniques.


Following the masterclasses, from 2:00pm to 2:45pm, students participated in flexible sessions, including accompanist rehearsals with Dr. Greg, more fundamentals, and small group rehearsals. This provided a unique opportunity for students to fine-tune their pieces with expert guidance.


After a quick break from 2:45pm to 3:00pm, everyone reconvened for an ensemble rehearsal in Room 412, conducted by Ms. Lisa Cheung. Faculty members played alongside the students, offering coaching and support to enhance their performance.


A short break from 4:00pm to 4:15pm allowed students to reset and prepare for the grand finale. The closing performance, from 4:15pm to 5:00pm, featured a wide variety of student solos and ensembles, showcasing the incredible talent and hard work of all participants. The event culminated in a powerful mass brass ensemble performance of "Don’t Stop Believin’" by Journey, leaving everyone energized and inspired.


Qatar Brass Day was a resounding success, highlighting the passion, dedication, and musical prowess of both students and faculty. The event not only provided invaluable learning experiences but also fostered a strong sense of community and shared love for brass music.

 

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