Kansas City’s Own, America’s Own Fountain City Brass Band

Fountain City Brass Band

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Kansas City’s Fountain City Brass Band will be performing their Christmas concert, Twas the Night Before Christmas, at the Bell Cultural Events Center, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS, on Saturday evening, December 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

The Fountain City Brass Band was founded in 2002 as a volunteer musical ensemble based in the greater Kansas City area, and draws its membership from around the United States. The band is committed to a mission of cultural enrichment through the presentation of concerts that are both entertaining and educational. They perform a wide variety of music including opera, jazz, popular, and classical music, bridging the gap between the various musical genres.

Winners of multiple competitions in North America and the Scottish Open in 2009, they recently won their sixth U.S. Open Band Championship in November, 2013. They strive—and succeed—to keep alive the British and early American heritage of brass bands.

Music Director, Dr. Joseph Parisi, is a Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He serves as chair of music education/music therapy and associate director of bands as UMKC. He has been musical director and conductor of Fountain City Brass Band since 2006.

Dr. Lee Harrelson, the founder of the Fountain City Brass Band, serves as artistic director and principal euphonium player as well as a frequent arranger for the band. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri Western State University.

Twas the Night Before Christmas will feature a wide variety of holiday favorites from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and O Holy Night and selections from The Nutcracker and Santa Claustrophobia. There will also be a guest appearance by members of the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy. A free reception will follow the concert with a chance to meet and chat with members of the Fountain City Brass Band.

Bell Cultural Events Center is a prime location for a concert by this prestigious ensemble. The 541-seat auditorium is as close to acoustically perfect as possible, allowing for an amazing musical experience with Fountain City Brass Band. There is easy access to the facility and free parking.

Tickets for this performance, and other performances at Bell Cultural Events Center, may be purchased at the box office – 913-971-3636 – or online at bellcenter.mnu.edu.

Bell Cultural Events Center

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